RFEF President Rubiales: Spain players stayed out of Lopetegui sacking decision

RFEF President Rubiales: Spain players stayed out of Lopetegui sacking decision

June 13, 2018 Off By Adam Storer

Spain’s players did not want to get involved in the decision over whether Julen Lopetegui should stay or be sacked on the eve of the World Cup.

That is according to RFEF President Luis Rubiales, just moments after announcing that the Spanish manager was dismissed.

Lopetegui, yesterday, confirmed that he would be joining Real Madrid for the forthcoming season, but the short notice to proximity to the World Cup has angered Spain’s football governing body.


According to renowned Spanish football journalist, Guillem Balague, 51-year-old Lopetegui was contacted over the Los Blancos vacant position on Friday, but made his decision to take the job on Monday.

Yet, Rubiales and the RFEF were told just minutes before the official announcement that the Spaniard would be leaving the national team role.

The President wanted him out as soon as possible, which has left La Roja without a head coach just two days before their World Cup opener against Portugal.

Real Madrid players wanted him to stay

While it is expected that the RFEF Director of Football, Fernando Hierro, and Under-21 manager, Albert Celades, will take over during the World Cup, there were still calls from players for Lopetegui to remain in charge.

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This was particularly from those at Real Madrid, including national captain Sergio Ramos, who defended their future boss.

However, Rubiales has stated: “with time this decision will make us stronger.”

Only time will tell, but Spain are now in jeopardy going into the World Cup and will now have to put it behind them to ensure they do not have a repeat of four years ago when they failed to make it out of the group stages.