After a poorly timed announcement as Real Madrid manager disgraced the Spanish national team, Julen Lopetegui has been FIRED just two days before their 2018 World Cup group opener.
The RFEF (Royal Spanish Football Federation) told the world’s media at 11 am on Wednesday, June, 13th, before a press conference with the president Luis Rubiales.
The top dog in the Spanish Football Federation went on to say: “We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the greatest of luck.”
Real Madrid made the announcement confirming the appointment of Julen Lopetegui on Tuesday, replacing Zi Zou.
Rubiales went on to further state: “If it had been up to Julen it wouldn’t have happened in this way and I wouldn’t have found out five minutes beforehand.
“The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. We have a way of behaving that needs to be adhered to.
“You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been obliged to make this decision.
“Obviously there was some sort of problem with communication but we can’t be expected to find out about something like this five minutes [before the announcement] and not take the necessary decisions.”
According to ‘Sky Sports’ resident La Liga editor Guillem Balague the entire squad did all they could to keep Julen Lopetegui in charge of the national team. An understandable stance from the players perspective given all the hard work they’ve put in so far.
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