Real Madrid’s new coach, Julen Lopetegui, has been sacked by the Spanish FA just a day before the start of the World Cup.
This comes merely a day after he was named as the new manager to succeed departed Zinedine Zidane at The Bernabeu.
Speaking at a press conference announcing Lopetegui’s sacking on Wednesday, Rubiales said, “We have decided to fire the national coach [Lopetegui]. What we have achieved in getting here is due in great part to him, and we must thank him and wish him luck.
“The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled.”
Former captain of La Furi Roja Fernando Hierro has been instilled as the coach for the duration of the World Cup.
The global showpiece commences on Thursday, with the 2010 World Cup champions taking on Portugal on Friday evening at 8pm.