Hierro replaces sacked Lopetegui as Spain manager

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2018

Speaking to the media, Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales expressed dissatisfaction over Lopetegui not informing the association members regarding his decision to take over the reigns as Real Madrid coach.

"I don't feel betrayed, the problem is that things have been done with the complete absence of the RFEF, which is something (we) can not let go by".

Fifty-one year old Lopetegui is due to take over at European Champions Real Madrid next month after Zinedine Zidane, who led the Spanish club to three successive Champions League titles, stepped down last month. I have spoken with the players, and I can guarantee that they will do everything they can with the new coaching staff, we are in a very hard situation. Maybe this is tough now, but in the end it will make us stronger.

Julen Lopetegui - who was surprisingly announced as the new Real Madrid manager on Tuesday - was sacked on Wednesday morning.

Lopetegui was announced as Zinedine Zidane's successor in a move that surprised many just days before the World Cup in Russian Federation is due to start.

Rubiales also revealed that the Spanish FA will receive the payment of the rescission clause so that the current coach can sign for Real Madrid.

And on Lopetegui's replacement, Fernando Hierro, he believes he "is a well-prepared person to take charge of the national team".

Rubiales, though, insists the squad is entirely focused on Friday's match against Portugal in Sochi.

The decision to remove Lopetegui appears to be at odds with how senior members of the national team feel.

The country's soccer federation fired Lopetegui for agreeing to join Real Madrid after the Russia mundial.

The squad, though, liked Lopetegui, who has successfully rejuvenated Spain after a disappointing Euro 2016. "But the players and new coaching staff are going to do everything they can to take the Spanish national as far as they can".

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"I admire and respect Lopetegui a lot". "We wish him the best, he has done an excellent job in getting us to the tournament".

He won European championships with Spain's under-19 and under-21 teams in the early 2010s, but had a lacklustre stint with Portuguese team Porto in his only job with a major club.

Rubiales took over a federation which was in the hands of embattled official Angel Maria Villar for almost three decades.

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