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Fernando Hierro to coach Spain at World Cup following removal of Lopetegui

15 June, 2018, 00:41 | Author: John Swanson
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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says "nothing justifies" Spain sacking manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup in response to the La Liga club naming him as their new boss.

The announcement came just a day before the start of the World Cup in Russian Federation, and two days before Spain's opening game against Portugal.

"Madrid put its interests first, as did Lopetegui, and (Spanish federation president Luis) Rubiales was left in a very tough spot".

The RFEF have said that the decision was because the negotiations took place "without any information to the RFEF".

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Quoting Lineker's tweet, Fabregas went one stage further, jokingly (we hope) suggesting Lopetegui's dismissal may see him receive a late call-up to the squad.

"I understand that Real Madrid want to have the best of coaches but the national team belongs to all of Spain and this is not the way to do things", added Rubiales.

Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as manager of Spain, after taking the Real Madrid job on Tuesday. I am very relaxed, all of us are, we have acted in a fully professional and honest way.

"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".

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It is believed that a contingent of players led by Captain Sergio Ramos were against the move and wanted Lopetegui to continue at least until the World Cup.

"The key is to change as little as possible", Hierro told a news conference on Wednesday. "I found out five minutes before the official statement came out, I asked nothing to be done, because the news caught me in Moscow".

Julen Lopetegui stands by the bench during an global friendly soccer match between Spain and Costa Rica on November 11, 2017. "This is not the best solution but in life you can not escape your responsibilities", said Rubiales.

"I know which club I am joining, the demands are maximum, so we will give our all to fight to be at the height of the history of the club, and to improve it". He managed the Spain team 20 times and won 14 matches, drawing the other six games.

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