Spain sack Julen Lopetegui on the eve of World Cup 4 months ago

Spain sack Julen Lopetegui on the eve of World Cup

Spain have dismissed manager Julen Lopetegui with little over 24 hours before the opening game of the 2018 World Cup

It was announced on Tuesday that Lopetegui would replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid manager at the start of next season, a move that is said to have angered senior figures within the Spanish FA.

Newly appointed president Luis Rubiales, who is said to have been furious at the way the situation was handled, left Moscow on Tuesday night for Spain's training base in Krasnodar.

Advertisement

Just a couple of days before the tournament's opening game in Moscow, it was announced on Tuesday that their coach Lopetegui would be replacing Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid manager next season.

The news came as a surprise to many and is also said to have angered senior figures within the Spanish FA, particularly newly appointed president Luis Rubiales, who is said to have been furious at the way the situation was handled.

What a mess.