Spain in Shambles as they Sack Coach

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Spain have sacked their head coach Julen Lopetegui only hours before the start of the world cup due to his appointment as new Real Madrid boss.

President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Luis Rubiales confirmed the news in Krasnodar on Wednesday, shortly after Real Madrid announced that Lopetegui would take over the post that Zinedine Zidane vacated after winning the UEFA Champions League.

Rubiales insists there was no other option but to part ways with Lopetegui, who has never lost in 20 games in charge of La Roya.

"We have been forced to dispense with the coach, remembering all the good things he has given us," Rubiales told reporters.
"The RFEF, the national team, is the team of every Spaniard and there are decisions that have to be taken. There has to be a clear message.
"Real Madrid look for a coach and look for the best. I won't judge a club on how they act but, until a few minutes before, we were kept in the dark. That can't be ignored.
"I found out [about the deal with Madrid] five minutes beforehand and asked for nothing to be done, that I was getting a plane and coming here.
"But, after five minutes, I saw it in the press and we had to react. We have a responsibility. I know there will be criticism but the values of the RFEF are set by the RFEF itself."

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