Hierro appointed Spain coach after sensational Lopetegui sacking

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With Julen Lopetegui being announced as the new Real Madrid manager, speculation is rife as to who will take over in the national team hotseat.

In a surprise announcement on yesterday, Real Madrid named Lopetegui as their next manager to start work after the tournament in Russia, sparking outrage among the federation and Spanish fans at the timing of the announcement.

"We had to take this decision", Spanish Football President, Luis Rubiales said in the statement posted online. But the federation can not be left outside the negotiation of one of its employees, and find out just five minutes before a public announcement. Julen has worked in a great way with the team, but we can not accept how he has acted in this case.

Rubiales has been wounded in his pride, but the fundamental difference is that it is not Rubiales the man who is injured, but Rubiales the president of the Spanish Federation.

"It's a hard situation, but we are not the ones who determined the action that had to be taken", he said.

"I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger".

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Lopetegui, unbeaten in 20 games as coach, winning 14 and drawing six, was sacked after being named as Real Madrid coach on Tuesday.

Spain's World Cup hopes may have been dashed today as their head-coach Julen Lopetegui, has been sacked with immediate effect.

"There's a lot to do".

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

Spanish national team defender Gerard Pique is calling upon his team to emulate the 1989 MI basketball team ahead of this year's World Cup. We are working on it.

It's almost unthinkable to fire your coach the day before the World Cup.

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We wish you the greatest of luck.

Before news of Hierro's promotion, Rubiales said: "We are going to touch as little as possible".

Spain have confirmed the sacking of their football team manager Julen Lopetegui just 24 hours before the start of the World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation.

Lopetegui was unbeaten in his time in the Spain dugout, guiding his team to 14 wins and six draws from 20 matches, and he signed a new two-year contract to take him through to Euro 2020 in May.

Compared to Spain's coaching chaos, the distractions created by Cristiano Ronaldo have become nearly meaningless for Portugal.

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