Just hours after being confirmed as Real Madrid’s coach, Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as coach of the Spanish National team.
Lopetegui was appointed as Zidane’s successor and he was expected to take over after the World Cup.
But Lopetegui won’t even get the chance to showcase himself as a coach at the World Cup as he has lost his job.
The Spanish Football Federation made its announcement at around 11am on Wednesday ahead of a news conference at which president Luis Rubiales said:
“We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the greatest of luck.”
Rubiales added: “I don’t want to get into how Real Madrid should go about things. The Spainish team is the team of all of Spain”
“If it had been up to Julen it wouldn’t have happened in this way and I wouldn’t have found out five minutes beforehand”
“The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. We have a way of behaving that needs to be adhered to.
“You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been obliged to make this decision.
“Obviously there was some sort of problem with communication but we can’t be expected to find out about something like this five minutes [before the announcement] and not take the necessary decisions.”