Sport BREAKING: Spain just made the completely normal decision to sack their manager a day before the World Cup

15:27  13 june  2018
15:27  13 june  2018 Source:   theroar.com.au

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That’s it for today’s World Cup liveblog, which was far livelier than expected thanks to Spain ’s decision to , y’know, sack their manager two days before their opening game.

Spain have sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui after he was named the new Real Madrid boss, two days before their opening World Cup match with Portugal.

Rubiales claimed Lopetegui’s negotiation with Madrid occurred without any knowledge of the RFEF.© Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images Rubiales claimed Lopetegui’s negotiation with Madrid occurred without any knowledge of the RFEF. The Spanish FA have made the bizarre decision to sack coach Julen Lopetegui with barely 30 hours to go before the World Cup starts.

Lopetegui was recently announced as Zinedine Zidane’s successor as Real Madrid coach, a decision that compelled the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to show him the door.

“I know it’s a very difficult situation. I know there’s going to be criticism whatever I do,” RFEF president Luis Rubiales said.

Rubiales claimed Lopetegui’s negotiation with Madrid occurred without any knowledge of the RFEF.

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The Spanish national team has been plunged into crisis after the coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked just two days before their opening World Cup game against Portugal in Sochi, with director of football Fernando Hierro named as his replacement.

In an incredible turn of events, Spain have made the decision to fire their coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup in Russia. This comes after

“I’m sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems like a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision.

“You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision.”

Spain’s opening World Cup match against Iberian rivals Portugal will take place on Saturday morning at 4am (AEST), giving the side just over 48 hours to find a coach before kick-off.

Lopetegui had been in charge of La Roja for the past two years, taking the head coach’s role in July 2016. A replacement has not yet been named.

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