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Sacked Spain Boss Reacts To Shock Dismissal

Sacked Spain Boss Reacts To Shock Dismissal

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jun 14, 2018 07:26 AM @KurtLaduma

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) surprised many when they fired Julen Lopetegui just one day before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Here is how the manager reacted to the decision.

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Earlier this week, Real Madrid announced that Lopetegui would be taking over as their new manager ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, following Zinedine Zidane's exit from the Santiago Bernabeu.

It was then reported that RFEF president Luis Rubiales was angered as he was not informed of Real and Lopetegui's agreement, before the president revealed on Wednesday that he only found out about it five minutes before Los Blancos announced the 51-year-old as their new boss.

Lopetegui, who had a contract with Spain until 2020 prior to his sacking, has wished La Furia Roja good luck ahead of the tournament, but admitted he is hurt by Rubiales' decision to fire him.

"I am very said, but wishing that we have a magnificent World Cup and that we win," he told Cadena SER.

"We have a magnificent team and I hope that we win the World Cup."

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Lopetegui was unbeaten in his 20 games in charge of Spain, and now has the difficult task of following Zidane, who won three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles, at Real.

Do you think the RFEF made the right decision to sack Lopetegui? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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MR E Joined: 17 Apr 2012
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MR E Jun 15, 2018 02:02 AM
This man just renew his contract with Spain until 2022 and he signed with madrid, that's madness he deserve it
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lulikho Joined: 08 Aug 2013
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lulikho Jun 14, 2018 03:49 PM
F.A is busy saying they concerned with the players mood...If they did, they wouldn't bring in new coach...because Hierro coached Spain before, what if he will change the formatt; the players preferred position, change the entire attitude...because he is not the one who selected those players. The only thing that cause conflict here is Spain F.A who force the players to adapt to the changes in 24 hours...
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lulikho Jun 14, 2018 03:44 PM
@305majola Division how? Don't be mislead by the media. The players were the ones that begged for the guy to stay...We talking about 25 year olds & 32 year olds Not 5 year old babies...People are just using this case to sidelines with either Barca or Madrid. Even Baxter signed with Bafana while he was still at Supersport. Lopeteguie didn't breach the contract. We were all quiet when he was announced but now we making noise because the F.A is more concerned by conflict they don't even know would happen...
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Warras4phefeni Jun 14, 2018 02:44 PM
I won't saying it's a wrong decision I'd rather say timing
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305majola Joined: 28 Nov 2015
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305majola Jun 14, 2018 01:28 PM
This guy only care about his cv. He was gonna couse division among Spain national team.
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Matayitayi Jun 14, 2018 11:34 AM
I wish you nothing next season because Barca will win super cup in August
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Skeem Sa HDK Joined: 10 Dec 2017
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Skeem Sa HDK Jun 14, 2018 10:14 AM
@Mentashe : who should have waited? Real Madrid president in announcing their new coach or Spanish federation president in firing this coach? Just interested.
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Skeem Sa HDK Jun 14, 2018 10:11 AM
@Pirates_999 : one must also think ; if this sacked guy had lost the first match or two in the W/C that would be attributed to the fact that his mind was already thinking about Real Madrid or the Barcelona players in the La Roja squad didn't like him. What about that? Perhaps Madrid should have gone public about this guy after the World Cup .
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chipi07 Jun 14, 2018 10:10 AM
I think is proffesionalism and pride of the nation. He cannot use Spain to coach in the biggest tournerment in the world and run away after that (It seems to be more about his CV than Spain national team). Spain is the kind of national team which keeps coaches for a longer period. There is no need to keep someone who tells you right in your face that he has no future with you, hence he signed till 2020.
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Skeem Sa HDK Jun 14, 2018 10:03 AM
I see another sacking of a World Cup coach as we(Chiefs) are about to announce an Egyptian World Cup coach as our new coach on a 3-year contract . This is perhaps the reason why Bobby is coy about announcing him right now.
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Mentashe Joined: 21 Dec 2015
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Mentashe Jun 14, 2018 09:47 AM
NO HE COULD HAVE WAITED FOR THE WORLD CUP TO FINISH FIRST.
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Jun 14, 2018 09:45 AM
But the Spanish president is dom-kop how can he fire him just because Real Madrags made him they're new coach..... this will cost Spain big time
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bbs1977 Jun 14, 2018 08:49 AM
HAWU!! "Very said"?? What English is that??
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Zakes2324 Jun 14, 2018 08:34 AM
I blame Real Madrid for this
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Vidomax Jun 14, 2018 08:33 AM
It was going to devide Spanish team had the coach not sacked.Barca and Real rivalry was brought to the national team therefore i agree with Mr President for sacking this guy.
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Pirates_999 Jun 14, 2018 08:25 AM
This president is jealous why sacking a coach a day before world cup? Sometimes we need to think of a bigger picture not just for our selves, if Spain don't do well everybody will blame him. He should have waited until the world cup is over then do as he please. I'm sure if the coach was not allowed to sign a contract he wouldn't have done so
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PROPHET OF DOOM Jun 14, 2018 08:07 AM
Y0h! that's Insane.
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MfanoYellow Jun 14, 2018 08:06 AM
Poor action by my favorite Real.
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vijjox Jun 14, 2018 08:04 AM
Its a wrong decision cos it brings confusion

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