A day after Julen Lopetegui was announced as the Real Madrid coach, the Spanish Football Association announced that the 51-year-old has been sacked as the head coach of the national team, Indian Express reports.
The announcement came just a day before the start of the World Cup in Russia, and two days before Spain’s opening game against Portugal. Speaking to the media, Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales expressed dissatisfaction over Lopetegui not informing the association members regarding his decision to take over the reins as Real Madrid coach.
“We have to decided to fire the national coach [Lopetegui]. What we have achieved in getting here is due in great part to him, and we must thank him and wish him luck. The Spanish national team is the team of all the Spaniards. We only found out just five minutes before that he was leaving for Madrid,” he said.
He further slammed Real Madrid for not speaking to Lopetegui without their consultation. “Real Madrid look for the best coach, that is fine by me. I have no opinion about how Real Madrid act. But the federation have an obligation, to represent all Spaniards,” he said.
“If anybody wants to talk to one of our employees, they have to speak to us too, that is basic, as this is the team of all Spaniards. The national team is the most important we have, the WC is the biggest of all,” he further added.
On being questioned regarding who will be replacing the dismissed coach in the World Cup, Rubiales said, “We are going to touch as little as possible. We are working on it. When we know we will tell you,” he said.