BREAKING: Spain just made the completely normal decision to sack their manager a day before the World Cup

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    The Spanish FA have made the bizarre decision to sack coach Julen Lopetegui with barely 30 hours to go before the World Cup starts.

    Lopetegui was recently announced as Zinedine Zidane’s successor as Real Madrid coach, a decision that compelled the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to show him the door.

    “I know it’s a very difficult situation. I know there’s going to be criticism whatever I do,” RFEF president Luis Rubiales said.

    Rubiales claimed Lopetegui’s negotiation with Madrid occurred without any knowledge of the RFEF.

    “I’m sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision.

    “You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision.”

    Spain’s opening World Cup match against Iberian rivals Portugal will take place on Saturday morning at 4am (AEST), giving the side just over 48 hours to find a coach before kick-off.

    Lopetegui had been in charge of La Roja for the past two years, taking the head coach’s role in July 2016. A replacement has not yet been named.

    Daniel Jeffrey
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    • June 13th 2018 @ 8:49pm
      Bfc said | June 13th 2018 @ 8:49pm | ! Report

      Poor form by RM and Perez (club President…) if they went behind the back of the RFEF…
      Spain has been so stable in International football until now, and the actions of RM can’t help their WC campaign.
      Portugal now the favourite to win derby on Sat methinks…

    • June 13th 2018 @ 8:55pm
      KenoathCarnt said | June 13th 2018 @ 8:55pm | ! Report

      Insanity Spain have a dam good team this year I hope this doesnt have to much of an impact but it is hard to see how it couldn’t.

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      June 13th 2018 @ 9:18pm
      Mr X said | June 13th 2018 @ 9:18pm | ! Report

      Oh wow that is unbelievably hasty. Surely that disrupts their preparation.

      • June 13th 2018 @ 9:29pm
        lunchboxexpert said | June 13th 2018 @ 9:29pm | ! Report

        Spain has scored the first own goal of the 2018 World Cup, before the whistle has been blown to start even the first game.

    • June 13th 2018 @ 9:25pm
      Birdman said | June 13th 2018 @ 9:25pm | ! Report

      Petulant indeed. Were serious smokies but this won’t help

    • June 13th 2018 @ 9:34pm
      shirtpants said | June 13th 2018 @ 9:34pm | ! Report

      All so Real Madrid could announce their manager before the tournament? Ooof this isn’t going to go down well with the fans.

    • June 13th 2018 @ 9:48pm
      Kangas said | June 13th 2018 @ 9:48pm | ! Report

      Real Madrid taking elite club football to another level of self indulgence,
      European clubs have totally lost me with their greed in the last few years.

      Anyhow

      Diabolical to sack the Spanish coach , to save face .
      Sam Allardyche or David Moyes are ready to take over .

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