Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Julen Lopetegui sacked: Summary of events

Julen Lopetegui sacked: Summary of events

On Wednesday, Spain delayed a press conference at the Krasnodar Stadium by well over an hour before Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales announced the decision.

"Negotiating is legitimate but it took place without the RFEF being informed until five minutes before a press statement was released". We have encountered a difficulty that we are going to overcome, I am sure of it'.

"I share the decision that Luis Rubiales has taken, it is not an easy situation but I think it is the right thing to do", Xavi said.

"We are left in a complicated situation", Rubiales said. But the federation have an obligation to represent all Spaniards. Maybe this is tough now, but in the end it will make us stronger.

The Manchester Evening News claim Real president Florentino Perez is so confident his side will seal the transfer, he has openly spoken about making De Gea the world's first £100m goalkeeper.

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Spain boss just two days ahead of their opening World Cup fixture and one day to the opening of the tournament. "There's a lot to do".

"Real Madrid look for the best coach, that is fine by me".

As a player he won the Champions League and titles in Italy and Spain as well as the World Cup and European Championship, and added a Spanish title and three successive Champions League wins as Real manager.

Former Real Madrid defender Fernando Hierro, Spain's sporting director since last November, has been appointed as Lopetegui's replacement.

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Was roster influenced by move to Real?

Julen Lopetegui was thrown out for arranging his appoitment with Real Madrid and the Spanish national team are without a manager.

The World Cup kicks off on Thursday when host nation Russian Federation plays Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Lopetegui's name had not been mentioned by Spanish media among the probable candidates for the Madrid job, which opened up after Zidane unexpectedly quit.

The coach had signed a contract extension on 22 May, which would have seen him stay in charge of La Furia Roja until after the 2020 UEFA European Championship. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much.

In the first reaction to the decision, former Spain forward Juanito said Rubiales' arguments had been impeccable. "Winning is important, but above that, we need to know how things have to be handled". It has not lost a match since a 2-0 loss Italy in the European Championships round of 16 almost two years ago.

Either or both could now take charge of Friday evening's game in Sochi against Portugal.

The Spanish team is the team of all Spain.

"We can not change anything in two days".

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