Lopetegui sacked as Spain coach two days before World Cup debut

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Spain have sacked their head coach Julen Lopetegui only two days before the start of the World Cup due to his appointment as new Real Madrid boss.

Comparing the Spanish turbulence with England's camp so far, Butland added: "I don't think we'll ever be in that situation".

Hierro, who had a spell in charge of Real Oviedo in the 2016/17 season, steps in after a day of high drama in the Spanish squad, with Lopetegui and senior players all staging meetings with Spanish FA chief Luis Rubiales. "When we know we will tell you", said Rubiales, who flew from Moscow - where the vote for the 2026 World Cup host was being held - to Spain's training base in Krasnodar, Russia. "It may look like a weakness now, but with time this will make us stronger".

"There's a lot to do". It remains very possible that the Spanish FA - known as the RFEF - will decide to terminate his employment as Spain boss, right on the brink of the World Cup.

Reports say that the former Madrid and Barcelona goalkeeper, whose representative Caros Bucero works closely with Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, will triple his salary with the move.

At 17:00 on Tuesday, Los Blancos announced that they were appointing the Basque tactician and that he'd take over after the World Cup.


Lopetegui agreed to join the Champions League winners this week following the resignation of Zinedine Zidane in May. They will also have to try and negotiate their way out of a group containing Iran and Morocco if they are to reach the knockout stages of the competition.

Spain's football federation on Wednesday announced that Julen Lopetegui has been relieved of his duties as Spain manager. Lopetegui, while he has been with us, has done an impeccable job.

The former defender spent most of his career with Real Madrid but finished his playing days with English club Bolton in 2005.

"I am very sad, but we have a magnificent team and I hope we win the World Cup", he said.

Jamie Vardy was equally taken aback by the news but still expects Spain to be one of the favourites in Russian Federation.

Lopetegui was unbeaten in his time in the Spain dugout, guiding his team to 14 wins and six draws from 20 matches, and he signed a new two-year contract to take him through to Euro 2020 in May.

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