Fernando Hierro announced as new Spain manager

Tanya Simon
June 14, 2018

"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".

"We have to chose to fire the national coach", Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales said in a statement, according to The Guardian.

Rubiales said the players, who Spanish media said had tried to dissuade him from such drastic action, had vowed to give everything for the team. We have been obliged to make this decision.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) reportedly knew about the negotiations but not about the timing of the announcement, which came just three days ahead of Spain's World Cup opener against Portugal.

"There's a lot to do".

Perez owes his fame as a household name outside Spain to the prowess on the soccer field of Real Madrid, a club that has won the Champion's League a record 13 times, including this season.

Last month, Lopetegui agreed to a contract extension through 2020.

"I understand that Real Madrid want to have the best of coaches but the national team belongs to all of Spain and this is not the way to do things", added Rubiales.

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The daunting task of refocusing the team on Friday's match against European champion Portugal is now on Hierro's shoulders.

'I do not feel betrayed, the problem is how things have been done with the total absence of participation of the Spanish Football Federation, that is something we can not ignore, Lopetegui is an impeccable professional but the process is important. He called on the team to say nothing until the national side arrived in Krasnodar.

A few hours later, the RFEF announced that its sporting director and former Real Madrid captain, Fernando Hierro, would take charge of the national team for the World Cup.

As a player, Lopetegui joined Real at the age of 19.

"I admire Julen a lot, I respect him a lot, I think he's a top trainer and that makes it more hard to make the decision".

Spanish newspaper AS claim Lopetegui could now be unveiled at the Bernabeu as early as Thursday afternoon.

The club announces that Julen Lopetegui will coach the first team for the next three seasons.

Lopetegui was announced as the new Real Madrid boss on Tuesday, taking over from departed Zinedine Zidane after the tournament. What we have achieved in getting here is due in great part to him, and we must thank him and wish him luck. Rubiales said that although the federation's financial situation was not ideal, money was "not the most important thing in a moment like this".

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