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Spain sack Julen Lopetegui a day before World Cup

Spain have sacked Julen Lopetegui as their head coach just two days before the nation’s opening game at the 2018 World Cup.

Lopetegui, who had only recently extended his contract with Spain, would take over as their coach next season.

A news conference was hastily arranged in the wake of Real Madrid’s announcement that Lopetegui would become their new manager next season. 

The decision came after a morning of meetings with RFEF president Luis Rubiales and Lopetegui, with a number of senior players in La Roja’s squad reportedly intervening on behalf of the manager to try and keep him in place.

Rubiales said in the press conference of Lopetegui’s move to Real: “The negotiations took place without the RFEF’s knowledge. We found out 5 minutes before the press release. There are ways of behaving.”

Speaking about Lopetegui’s short-term successor, he added: “We are going to touch as little as possible. We are working on it. When we know we will tell you.”

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