Just two days to its opening match of the 2018 World Cup against Portugal, Spain sacks head coach Julen Lopetegui.
The Spanish football federation (RFEF) dismissed the 51-year-old after he was announced on Tuesday that he, Lopetegui would succeed Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu on a three-year-deal.
According to RFEF negotiation between Lopetegui and Real Madrid was not brought to the notice of the federation, RFEF.
A statement released by the president of Spain’s football federation, Luis Rubiales, said,
“We have to decided to fire the national coach.
“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 the announcement that he was leaving for Madrid. There is a way that you must act. Julen has worked in a great way with the team, but we cannot accept how he has acted in this case.”