Spain name new caretaker manager for the World Cup

Lopetegui was named Spain boss in 2016 and was unbeaten during his time in charge

Lopetegui was named Spain boss in 2016 and was unbeaten during his time in charge

On Wednesday, two days before the team's debut, the Spanish federation fired coach Julen Lopetegui after he agreed to become Real Madrid's head coach. You can not do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have no time to dwell. "The national team is the most important we have, the WC is the biggest of all", he further added.

During his playing career he won three league titles, the European Cup Winners' Cup and the Olympic gold medal with Spain in 1992. We have been forced to act.

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.

Spain sacked Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup after Tuesday's announcement he will join Real Madrid after the tournament.

Asked how he made a decision to take the high-stakes role with no time to prepare, Hierro, who was already in Russian Federation as Spain's sporting director, responded: 'If I was not convinced of our chances, I would not be here.

'When the president told me about the possibility, there were three options. "When we know we will tell you", said Rubiales, who flew from Moscow - where the vote for the 2026 World Cup host was being held - to Spain's training base in Krasnodar, Russia.

"So I think everybody will be happy with it, but mostly because Real were surprised by the departure of Zidane and had to react as soon as possible".

Press Association Sport looked at five possible contenders to take the Spain job, following Lopetegui's appointment at the Bernabeu.

Following a freakish morning, during which the Spanish players pleaded with Rubiales to keep Lopetegui in charge, it was decided that the manager's position had become untenable.

After short spells at Rayo Vallecano and with Madrid's youth team Real Madrid Castilla, Lopetegui enjoyed a successful time with Spain's under-19s and under-21s.

Former Barcelona player Xavi Hernandez, for example, has openly criticised the coach and applauded the decision taken by the RFEF. I know they're going to leave their souls and give 100 per cent. We have a responsibility.

He has already denied he left in order to take over as France boss from Didier Deschamps following the World Cup. I am sure Julen would have preferred it another way, and we wish him the best.

"The federation can not be left out of a negotiation by one of its workers and be informed five minutes before the press release", Rubiales said.

It was a hard departure for the 51-year-old Lopetegui, who took over from Vicente del Bosque after the 2016 European Championship and had been credited with reviving a team that was on the decline after winning Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

The Spanish team is known as "La Roja" because of its distinctive red shirts. Real Madrid officials weren't available for comment.

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