Spain fires coach Julen Lopetegui ahead of opener

Rex Christensen
June 14, 2018

The stunning development threatens to destabilise a team regarded as one of the favourites to win the tournament in Russian Federation. Here is a selection of how the world's media treated the news.

"There are decisions that we are obliged to take based on an understanding of how you should behave and on ethics", Rubiales said. The Spanish national team is the team of the Spanish.

Former Real Madrid captain Fernando Hierro, who is now Spain's sporting director, and Spain under-21 coach Albert Celades have emerged as the principal candidates.

Il Corriere dello Sport: Earthquake in Spain.

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.

"I found out [about the deal with Madrid] five minutes beforehand and asked for nothing to be done, that I was getting a plane and coming here".

"The negotiation has occurred without any information to the RFEF". "It may look like a weakness now, but with time this will make us stronger".

A new coach, Fernando Hierro, has already been installed, but the Spanish players are reportedly furious their preparations have been derailed.

Bild: Earthquake in Spain. The favourite for the World Cup are without a manager.

In the first reaction to the decision, former Spain forward Juanito said Rubiales' arguments had been impeccable.

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De Gea's focus is now on the World Cup as Spain prepare for the tournament at their base in Russian Federation.

His appointment comes after Spain hastily called a press conference as reports emerged that Rubiales was outraged by the timing of Lopetegui's announcement. Although, if he takes Spain deep in the World Cup then little will be made of that.

Following a freaky morning, during which the Spanish players pleaded with Rubiales to keep Lopetegui in charge, it was decided that the manager's position had become untenable. The manager was sacked, as a surprise to everyone, one day after his appointment as the manager of Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane quit as Real Madrid coach last month.

"You have to be focused on having a good World Cup - we are all good".

A Bola: Lopetegui, sacked two days before the World Cup.

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

He had spells in Qatar and England before retiring and has held a number of roles, including Sporting Director at Malaga and the Spanish FA as well as serving as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Real in his final season.

A star midfielder for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, he has also coached Roma, Celta Vigo and returned to the Nou Camp as head coach. The president of the Football Federation has confirmed the fall of the manager on the eve of the World Cup.

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