Julen Lopetegui unveiled as Real Madrid manager after Spain sacking

Lopetegui was unceremoniously sacked as Spain boss on Wednesday after Los Merengues announced a day earlier that he would take over from Zinedine Zidane as new head coach in Madrid.

RFEF president Luis Rubiales scheduled a news conference yesterday morning at the team's base in Krasnodar that was severely delayed, leading many to speculate on social media as to Lopetegui's fate just two days before Spain's opening Group B game against Iberian neighbours Portugal.

And in a sensational development 24 hours later, Spain announced that Lopetegui had been sacked, with Fernando Hierro set to take over the reins for the finals.

"The negotiation has occurred without any information to the RFEF". Lopetegui, while he's been with us, has done impeccable work. The Spanish team is the team of all Spain.

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Spain's football federation on Wednesday announced that Julen Lopetegui has been relieved of his duties as Spain manager.

"I do not feel betrayed because Julen has done a relentless job, but we are forced to move on this because of how things have been done", Rubiales continued.

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"I very much admire Julen and respect him greatly".

Which team are you supporting in the 2018 World Cup? We will touch the staff as little as possible, as soon as we have something to communicate, we will do it.

Lopetegui had signed a contract extension until 2020 just last month and Rubiales is reportedly angry at only being informed of his decision to join Real minutes before the European champions made the announcement public. I found out with a phone call five minutes before the official announcement. "It is a hard and painful situation, we would have liked to finish here with Julen at the top, but we have not determined the way we act".

"We can not alter two years of hard work in the coming days - from now until the Portugal match, we don't have the ability to change much".

"When there was something to say the first person to know was Rubiales".

Julen Lopetegui stands by the bench during an global friendly soccer match between Spain and Costa Rica on November 11, 2017. He managed the Spain team 20 times and won 14 matches, drawing the other six games.

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