Former Spain coach, Julen Lopetegui has spoken on his shocking sack as the country’s head coach which occurred on Wednesday two days before their World Cup opener against Portugal.
The 51-year-old was relieved of his duties on the eve of the tournament after Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales learned – just five minutes before the official announcement was made – of his deal to become Real Madrid manager after the tournament.
“I am very sad, but hoping that we have a magnificent World Cup and that we win,” Lopetegui told reporters from Cadena SER and COPE as he left Krasnodar airport for a flight to Madrid.
The Spanish FA acted quickly to install former sporting director Fernando Hierro into the role, whose first game will be a crunch Group B clash with Portugal on Friday.
“We have a magnificent team and hopefully win the World Cup,” Lopetegui told reporters after revealing his sadness at his sacking.