The Spanish football federation (RFEF) have called off the services of their National Team Head Coach, Julen Lopetegui just hours after he was named the new Real Madrid boss. This has also come within two days before their opening World Cup match with Portugal.
Earlier in Tuesday, Real Madrid announced that Lopetegui would succeed Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu on a three-year deal, a thing that didn’t go well with the country’s federation.
They said that they had to dismiss the 51-year-old because he made negotiation with the three times bach to back Champions League defending champions without their consent.
The president of the Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, insisted that he had little choice but terminate Lopetegui’s contract as a matter of principle after the coach negotiated with Real Madrid behind their back.
“We have been forced to dispense with the national coach…… The sacking comes in response to the news, released on Tuesday afternoon, that Lopetegui had agreed to take over at Real Madrid when the World Cup ends…. We wish him the best of luck.” He
Fernando Hierro Appointed as New Spanish Head Coach
Lopetegui has so far been replaced by the Spain sporting director, Fernando Hierro and will be taking charge for the World Cup.
Hierro is a Former Real Madrid and Bolton star and will be in the dugout on Friday when Spain open their Group B campaign against Portugal in the battle of the Group’s favorites.
The 50-year-old has only managed for a year in charge of Oviedo. Hierro spent 14 years at Real Madrid before a year in Saudi Arabia and 12 months at Bolton alongside winning 89 caps for his country.
Hierro said that his task is to win the matches of the tournament that is commencing tomorrow, but not thinking about what’s coming in the future or beyond the World Cup.
“If I was not convinced of the power of this team, I would not be here. They are very nice guys and very good football players. It hasn’t been an easy for anybody but I am convinced they will do their best.
My job is just the match against Portugal, and then the next match and then the next match. We don’t think about what’s coming in the future or beyond the World Cup. It would be a big mistake if we think of the past rather than the future. My head is very relaxed and I only have to face what’s coming in the future. The World Cup only comes every four years so we need to focus.” Fernando Hierro, the new Spanish Head coach clarified.