#WorldCup: Julen Lopetegui Sacked By Spanish Federation, Fernando Hierro Takes Over

Spain coach, Julen Lopetegui has been sacked by the Spanish Football Federation a day after being announced as Real Madrid’s new manager.

ALEDEH recalls that Champions League winners, Real Madrid announced Lopetegui as the club’s new manager on Tuesday, June 12.

However, 24 hours after Lopetegui signed the deal he has now been fired by Spain with Luis Rubiales, the President of the Spanish Football Federation insisting that he had little choice but to terminate Lopetegui’s contract as a matter of principle after the coach negotiated with Real Madrid behind their back.

The Guardian UK reports that neither the players nor Hierro nor the president knew of the decision until moments before it was made public.

Rubiales said he had received a phone call from Madrid five minutes before they issued a statement announcing the appointment, noting that he flew from Moscow to Krasnodar urgently on Tuesday night, leaving the Fifa Congress to head to the national team’s HQ to discuss how best to resolve the situation.

Fernando Hierro, Spain new coach.

On Wednesday afternoon, June 13 after discussions with the players, Rubiales announced the decision to sack the coach, describing it as an “obligation” on a “sad day”.

“We are in an extremely difficult situation; this is very, very hard,” Rubiales said.

“There are decisions that we are obliged to take based on an understanding of how you should behave and on ethics,” he said.

“The national team belongs to everyone and we have to send a clear message to all employees at the federation that there is a way of behaving, that there are ethics.

“Julen has worked phenomenally well; I have nothing at all to complain about there. But the way that this has happened obliged me to take this decision. This is a very hard day and now we have decisions to make just two days before the World Cup starts”, he added.

Moments after Lopetegui was fired, Spain announced Fernando Hierro, who won 89 caps for Spain, as the man that will take charge of the team for the duration of the World Cup.

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