Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Rubiales: There's no mutiny after Spain's Lopetegui sacking

Rubiales: There's no mutiny after Spain's Lopetegui sacking

Lopetegui and Rubiales were locked in talks amid rumours that the Spanish FA chief has made a decision to sack the coach who has guided Spain to the World Cup in Russian Federation, with senior players then believed to have become embroiled in the debate over what should happen next. Fernando Hierro, Spain's sporting director, will step in as manager at the eleventh hour.

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 won 14 of 20 games with Lopetegui in charge, drawing the remaining six.

Spain face Portugal on Friday, and will also face Iran and Morocco in Group B.

Speaking to the press shortly after 12pm CET, Rubiales - who was not accompanied by Lopetegui - said "we have been forced to dispense with the national coach". "The Federation can not be left outside the negotiation of one of its employees and find out just five minutes before a public announcement". "There's a way to act that needs to be fulfilled".

"There has to be a message to all RFEF employees and there are ways of behaving that you need to abide by".

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has been ousted a day before the start of World Cup.

Spain has sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup.

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The rivalry between Spain and Portugal goes way back to when the Iberian neighbours fought each other for world domination more than 500 years ago. Rubiales ruminated on all this but there was something else: anger. Lopetegui was sacked shortly before the World Cup.

Lopetegui's forays into club management have been less successful.

The national team's sporting director, and former Spain captain, Fernando Hierro now takes over on an interim basis for the World Cup and he is likely to be assisted by Under-21 boss Albert Celades out in Russian Federation.

The surprise news of Lopetegui's appointment as Zinedine Zidane's successor at Real Madrid took the Spanish FA by surprise on Tuesday, as they were unaware that their head coach was staging talks with Bernabeu chiefs.

Every press conference, every day in Russian Federation, the focus will be on Real.

"We are the national team, we represent the badge, the colours, a country". Responsibility and commitment are with you and for you.

Hierro was asked about how Real Madrid handled the situation but the former Madrid player refused to comment on the La Liga side's actions.

"University of Michigan. Basketball".

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