Fernando Hierro replaces Julen Lopetegui As Spain Manager

Spain have appointed former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro as Julen Lopetegui’s replacement for the World Cup in Russia

The Spanish Football Federation early today sacked senior team manager Julen Lopetegui just two days ahead of their opening Group B World Cup fixture against Portugal.

Spanish giants Real Madrid announced the 51-year-old, as their next manager after the departure of Zinadin Zidane last Tuesday.

And according to the Spanish FA they were informed just five minutes before Real Madrid confirmed Julen Lopategui as their boss, which is disrespectful to the Spanish FA who has still got contract with the coach.

Julen Lopategui


The Spanish FA president president Luis Rubiales in a press conference said: “I don’t want to get into how Real Madrid should go about things. The Spainish team is the team of all of Spain.

“If it had been up to Julen it wouldn’t have happened in this way and I wouldn’t have found out five minutes beforehand.

“The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. We have a way of behaving that needs to be adhered to.

“You can’t do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been obliged to make this decision.

“Obviously there was some sort of problem with communication but we can’t be expected to find out about something like this five minutes [before the announcement] and not take the necessary decisions.