Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Julen Lopetegui sacked as Spain manager after accepting Real Madrid job

Julen Lopetegui sacked as Spain manager after accepting Real Madrid job

The Spanish giants announced that the current Spanish national team boss Julen Lopetegui will take up the role at the Bernabeu after his commitment with them ends after this summer's World Cup in 2018.

Rubiales accused Lopetgui of betraying the federation's values.

Reports say that the former Madrid and Barcelona goalkeeper, whose representative Caros Bucero works closely with Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, will triple his salary with the move.

In fact, his overall record with Spain heading into this World Cup campaign was exceptional.

Hierro was formerly a defender for Real Madrid and finished playing soccer with the English club Bolton in 2005.

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.

Lopetegui may not have Maradona's level of influence but his exit disrupts a chain of command in a team chasing a second World Cup title in three attempts.

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While not a first foray into management for Hierro, the RFEF's sporting director, it is nevertheless a daunting task that awaits.

"I admire and respect Lopetegui a lot". He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision.

"There has to be a message to all RFEF employees and there are ways of behaving that you need to abide by". He managed the Spain team 20 times and won 14 matches, drawing the other six games. However, it remains to be seen how much damage Lopetegui's shocking departure, just a couple of days ahead of their high-voltage clash against European champions Portugal in Sochi, has done to the 2010 world champions.

Rubiales has already left his impression after taking over a federation which was in the hands of embattled official Angel Maria Villar for almost three decades.

In the world of business, he's also known for his astute eye for a winning opportunity. He got the money reimbursed and spent only about 500,000 euros ($590,000) with new travel arrangements for sponsors and federation officials. Lopetegui, while he has been with us, has done an impeccable job.

He went on to state that the team "would do everything possible to achieve the best result".

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