Spain's manager sacked just one day before World Cup

"The players will do everything in their reach to win the World Cup".

It was announced yesterday that the 51-year-old will be taking over from Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup.

"It's the Spanish team".

During a press conference, it was announced by Spain President Luis Rubiales that Lopetegui would not be taking charge of the side in Russian Federation. "Only they can put out this fire". We've watched the videos for the next game and we need to use our brains, be coherent and, anyway, between now and Portugal there's not much room for change. "But the federation have an obligation, to represent all Spaniards", he said.

"I think Rubiales acted correctly and was looking out for the federation, which should be above any single individual", Hernandez told sports daily Marca.

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"You can't do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup".

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.

Lopetegui was dramatically axed on Wednesday, throwing Spain's preparations into turmoil given they open their campaign with a Group B clash against Portugal on Friday.

The decision to remove Lopetegui appears to be at odds with how senior members of the national team feel. We have been compelled to make this decision'.

Sergio Ramos was the first Spain player to speak up.

"We are the national team". Responsibility and commitment are with you and for you.

It had been expected that Madrid would pay Lopetegui's €2m release clause to get him out of a contract with the federation that ran through Euro 2020.

"Not because Lopetegui will be the coach of Madrid for the next three years, which seems like a good and respectable choice".

Addressing the media in Russia, Rubiales revealed he had only been told of Real's decision five minutes before they announced Lopetegui's appointment. Rumors began to fly that Lopetegui's job was in danger.

The whole affair came across as a PR exercise with neither Hierro or Rubiales wishing to make any bold statements following a traumatic day for Spanish football.

  • Julie Sanders