Spain Head Coach Julen Lopetegui Sacked

Spain Head Coach Julen Lopetegui Sacked

Spain fired the men's national soccer team manager Julen Lopetegui on Wednesday, just two days before the team's opening World Cup match because he accepted a job to coach Real Madrid next season.

After being sacked, the now former Spain coach is a free man with the possibility to sign for any club that wishes to appoint him without any payment being made to the RFEF.

Spain's World Cup hopes may have been dashed today as their head-coach Julen Lopetegui, has been sacked with immediate effect.

Members of the Spain squad, led by Los Blancos skipper Sergio Ramos, eventually failed in their bid to keep the coach in his role and it was announced shortly after that Lopetegui will indeed leave his current position with immediate effect.

Spain had been many peoples tip to win the World Cup in Russian Federation, although the drama of today's events may well cause many to change their minds. "The federation has its values and it has to maintain them", Rubiales said.

Spain named Fernando Hierro as its World Cup coach later Wednesday.

Lopetegui will likely spend the summer assessing Real Madrid's options in the transfer window. And nobody put Lopetegui's name forward because of course we all thought he was focusing on the World Cup, and he had a contract with the national side.

Lopetegui is yet to lift any club trophy as a manager, but won the UEFA European U19 Championship in 2012, and the UEFA European U21 Championship a year later. He is a top coach for me, which made the decision very hard. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision. We have a way of behaving that needs to be adhered to.

Featuring a talented midfield and one of the world's best goalkeepers in David de Gea, Spain is one of the favourites to win this year's World Cup. Morocco and Iran are the other teams in Group B.

The daunting task of refocusing the team on Friday's match against European champion Portugal is now on Hierro's shoulders.

In one of his first actions, Rubiales cancelled a previously arranged "vacation" trip by officials to the World Cup that would cost almost 2 million euros ($2.3 million). He got the money reimbursed and spent only about 500,000 euros ($590,000) with new travel arrangements for sponsors and federation officials.

"We have been forced to do without Lopetegui".