Breaking: Spain Sacks National Team Coach

By Ikenga Chronicles June 13, 2018

Breaking: Spain Sacks National Team Coach

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as the national team coach of the Spanish team, on the eve of the commencement of the 2018 World Cup.

This was announced on Wednesday afternoon during a press confrence by the Spanish Football Federation, RFEF, at Krosnodar, Russia.

According to, Luis Rubiales, the RFEF President, Lopetegui was sacked following his appointment as the coach of Real Madrid.The Spanish Football federation said an employee of Real Madrid cannot be handling the national team, neither did they find it appropriate that a negotiation involving one of their employees happened behind their backs.

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According to Rubiales,

“We have been obliged to fire the national coach.We wish him the best, he has done an excellent job in getting us to the tournament. But the federation cannot be left outside the negotiation of one of its employees, and find out just five minutes before a public announcement. 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 World Cup is the biggest of all.”

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Rubiales who explained that it was a decision taken personally by him said:

“I took a plane, came back from Moscow, missed the vote on the next World Cup to be here.We had to react, I know that whatever I do, I will be criticised. I accept that. But the values of the federation come first. I am sure Julen would have preferred it another way, and we wish him the best. He is a top coach for me, which made the decision very difficult. To win is very important, to have the best coach very important, but above everything is acting in the right way. Maybe this is tough now, but in the end it will make us stronger.”

Fernando Hierro who was with the team as its Sporting Director will take over as the coach.

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