Spain fired its coach two days before first World Cup game

Spain fired its coach two days before first World Cup game

Lopetegui was announced as Zinedine Zidane's successor in a move that surprised many just days before the World Cup in Russian Federation is due to start.

"Pochettino, quite clearly, didn't even have the chance to say yes or no because Real Madrid didn't want to negotiate with Daniel Levy".

"Lopetegui has been a great coach, but we can't accept this behaviour", he added. A well-decorated player for both Spain's national team and Real Madrid - he appeared in four World Cups, two European Championships and won three Champions League titles - Hierro was the national team's sporting director in the run-up to the World Cup.

Some people in Spain agree that national team coach Julen Lopetegui had to go.

On the eve of the tournament, Spain have chose to sack manager Julen Lopetegui - news which was confirmed via a press conference from their training base in Krasnodar on Wednesday. "If I didn't think we could win the World Cup, I wouldn't have accpeted it". I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much.

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Spain, one of the pre-tournament favourites, also face Morocco and Iran in their group in Russian Federation.

Lopetegui's shock departure has put La Roja in a hard situation, who have since announced Fernando Hierro as head coach for the World Cup in Russian Federation, but Xavi was not impressed by how things were handled. We will touch the staff as little as possible, as soon as we have something to communicate, we will do it. I'm sure this will, over time, make us stronger. (We were told) just five minutes before the press release.

"We are left in a complicated situation", Rubiales said. We only found out just five minutes before [the Real deal was made public] that he was leaving for Madrid.

"I know which club I am joining, the demands are maximum, so we will give our all to fight to be at the height of the history of the club, and to improve it".

A vastly experienced club coach in Spain he has guided the fortunes of Villarreal, Deportivo La Coruna, Athletic Bilbao, Mallorca, Levante, Granada and Osasuna and was linked to the Spain job before Lopetegui was appointed in 2016. "This is not the best solution but in life you can not escape your responsibilities", said Rubiales.

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