Spain sack coach one day to World Cup kick off

Spain sack coach one day to World Cup kick off

One of the pre-tournament favourites, Spain's World Cup hopes are now in disarray and, although Rubiales claimed the decision "will make us stronger", it is hard to see how La Roja can recover from such a blow just two days before their bow at Russian Federation 2018.

MI chose to fire Frieder immediately and promoted assistant coach Steve Fisher, who led the 3-seeded Wolverines to the national title.

The Spanish Football Association reportedly believed it would be inappropriate for Lopetegui to continue his tenure, considering he only informed the Spanish FA of dealings with Real just minutes before the official press release from the mega-club. "There's a way to act that needs to be fulfilled". He called on the team to say nothing until the national side arrived in Krasnodar.

Lopetegui signed a three-year deal with the UEFA Champions League winners on Tuesday but was poised to lead the La Furia Roja to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

"I admire Julen a lot, I respect him a lot, I think he's a top trainer and that makes it more hard to make the decision".

"I am very said, but wishing that we have a magnificent World Cup and that we win".

In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage among the federation and Spanish fans at the timing of the announcement.

Assistant Fernando Hierro will replace Lopetegui as the squad gets ready to take on Portugal in its first Group B match of the tournament, Spanish soccer federal president Luis Rubiales announced.

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Hierro, a stylish goal-scoring defender who won 89 caps for Spain, spent most of illustrious playing career at Real Madrid, helping them win five Primera Liga titles, one Copa del Rey and three Uefa Champions League titles.

Spain blitzed through qualifying, earning 28 points from a possible 30, and they're the bookies' second favourites to win the tournament in Russian Federation. I'm sure this will, over time, make us stronger.

"The key is to change as little as possible".

Perez said Rubiales' reaction was "one of pride" and he "disrespected" Real.

New Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has made signing David De Gea from Manchester United his top transfer priority this summer, according to reports in Spain.

Ex-Bolton Wanderers man Hierro has been thrust straight into the managerial position to take Spain into the competition, just hours after Lopetegui had been sacked, making the move from his previous position as the Sporting Director of Spain.

The 50-year-old has been thrust into the job for Spain's opening World Cup match against Portugal in Sochi on Friday.

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