Two days into the nation’s opening game at the Russia 2018 world Cup, Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has been sacked.
Real Madrid on Tuesday declared Lopetegui as their coach for the coming season after he recently extended his contract with Spain
The Spanish football federation (RFEF) then said that Lopetegui would leave his job with Spain after the World Cup, and announced a news conference would be held on Wednesday morning at the team’s World Cup base in Krasnodar.
Numerous media news on Wednesday stated the RFEF President Luis Rubiales was so annoyed at Lopetegui’s behavior and that he was prepared to fire him immediately.
Spain has now dismissed the contract of the coach, who led them on a 20-game undefeated streak since taking over following Euro 2016.
At Wednesday’s astonishing press conference, Rubiales told reporters that the RFEF found out Lopetegui would be taking over at the Real Madrid eight minutes before Real Madrid established his position.
“We want to thank Julen for all he’s done and he’s a big reason behind us being in Russia, but we feel obliged to dispense with his services,” added Rubiales.
“There has to be a message to all RFEF employees and there are ways of behaving that you need to abide by. It’s the Spanish team. You cannot do things this way.”
Rubiales established that Spain have not lined up a successor to Lopetegui yet, just two days before La Roja open their World Cup account against Euro 2016 winners Portugal.