Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Fernando Hierro announced as new Spain manager

Fernando Hierro announced as new Spain manager

Lopetegui's appointment as Real Madrid's next boss led to a chaotic sequence of events in the Spanish camp just two days before their opening Group B game against Portugal.

Lopetegui was announced as the new Real Madrid boss on Tuesday, taking over from departed Zinedine Zidane after the tournament.

"We have chose to fire the national coach". Rubiales then announced his decision to part ways with Lopetgui, saying the federation was "compelled to act" because of the betrayal.

Rubiales was said to be "furious" by the news and timing of the announcement that Lopetegui will join the European champions just 21 days after extending his contract with the Spanish federation until 2020.

"It's a hard situation, but we are not the ones who determined the action that had to be taken. I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger".

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Former Spain and Real Madrid captain Hierro, who moves from his role as the team's director of football, was set to be presented to the press at the Krasnodar Stadium later on Wednesday before getting to work in his new post.

Lopetegui, the current Spain manager, was announced as Zinedine Zidane's successor on Tuesday, just two days before the start of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"There's a lot to do".

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"I don't want to get into how Real Madrid should go about things".

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"I saw it in the press, it had already happened, and because of my responsibility, I know that whatever I do, there will be criticism".

Spain begin their World Cup campaign against Portugal on Friday in a match live on BBC One (19:00 BST kick-off).

It's thought that Rubiales felt "betrayed", having only discovered the Lopetegui would become manager of Los Blancos five minutes before it was made public. We'll have to see.

The World Cup will kick off in Russian Federation on Thursday and bring the "greatest show on earth" to the Kremlin's doorstep. I have a very close relationship with the players, as with Julen, it's a very complex situation, the most complex one I could find.

The club announces that Julen Lopetegui will coach the first team for the next three seasons. I won't judge a club on how they act but, until a few minutes before, we were kept in the dark.

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