Spanish preparations were thrown into turmoil as Lopetegui lost his job following today’s announcement he would leave to take over at Real Madrid after the finals in Russian Federation.
It remains very possible that the Spanish FA – known as the RFEF – will decide to terminate his employment as Spain boss, right on the brink of the World Cup. He was unbeaten in his 20 matches in charge, winning 14 and drawing six.
Lopetegui, 51, has been in charge of the Spanish national team since July 2016, when he took the reins following the European Championship in France.
Lopetegui had signed a contract extension until 2020 just last month and Rubiales is reportedly angry at only being informed of his decision to join Real minutes before the European champions made the announcement public. “There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled”. “Ethics”, wrote Sid Lowe in the Guardian.
Spain qualified for Russian Federation 2018 with relative ease, topping a group containing Italy.
“So if the manager has gone, I’m sure when it comes to going on that field, they will still be playing exactly the same they always have done, they’ve managed to be successful doing that”.
The most dramatic and potentially destructive 24 hours in Spanish football history has left the national team reeling ahead of their World Cup opener against Portugal on Friday.
Hierro continued: “When the president told me the possibility, I had three choices: to say no, another was to go and the third was to stay – to take a step forward for the Spanish federation and for Spanish football”.
Julen Lopetegui will replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid manager. Every press conference, every day in Russian Federation, the focus will be on Real. “We are the National Team, we represent a shield, colors, fans and a nation”, he tweeted. Responsibility and commitment are with you and for you.
Almost 30 years ago, MI faced nearly the same situation as Spain when coach Bill Frieder announced before the NCAA tournament that he would leave after the season to take over Arizona State.
“University of Michigan. Basketball”.
Hearing the news from the Spanish camp, Gary Lineker tweeted it would give the former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder something to talk about in the studio as he makes his punditry debut. “All together, now more than ever”, Pique added on Twitter.