Madrid, June 13(TNS): Spain have sacked coach Julen Lopetegui on Wednesday, just a day after being named Real Madrid manager.
The Spanish coach has been sacked just two days before the team’s opening game against Portugal at the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Spanish football federation chief Luis Rubiales confirmed the sacking. On Tuesday, Real Madrid had named Lopetegui to succeed Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Zidane decided to step down after leading the Spanish giants to three Champions League titles.
Rubiales is reportedly furious at Lopetegui’s decision to take the job, having signed a contract extension until 2020 just last month with Spain.
Spanish newspaper Marca reported, “The future of Julen Lopetegui as Spanish national team manager hangs by a thread”
Under Lopetegui’s management, Spain were unbeaten in their last 20 international endeavors.
Former Spanish player Fernando Hierro will now take charge of the Spanish outfit.