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Spain News: Spain sack Lopetegui, turn to Hierro

1 year ago

In the latest Spain news, Fernando Hierro is to take charge of the country for the World Cup in the wake of Julen Lopetegui’s sacking just a day before the tournament gets under way.

The Spanish Football Federation decided to sack Lopetegui on the eve of the competition after it was announced on Tuesday that he would be taking the Real Madrid job.

The developments have thrown Spain’s preparations for Russia into chaos and Spain FF president Luis Rubiales was clearly unhappy with the way Real moved to appoint their man just ahead of the World Cup.

He said in a press conference: “We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the greatest of luck. I don’t want to get into how Real Madrid should go about things. The Spanish team is the team of all of Spain.

“If it had been up to Julen it wouldn’t have happened in this way and I wouldn’t have found out five minutes beforehand.

“The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. We have a way of behaving that needs to be adhered to.

“You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been obliged to make this decision.

Hierro has been installed as manager for the tournament and is expected to be assisted by Under-21 boss Albert Celades.

The former Real Madrid midfielder, who won 89 caps for Spain as a player, served as Real assistant under Carlo Ancelotti before taking charge of Oviedo.

Spain, who are on offer with Coral at 13/2 to win the World Cup, begin their Group B campaign against rivals Portugal on Friday in Sochi.