In a surprise move, Real Madrid announced that Spain manager Lopetegui would be taking over the reigns at the Santiago Bernabéu, picking up from the recently departed Zinedine Zidane, once he finishes his campaign with the national side in Russian Federation for the World Cup.
"The negotiation has happened without any information to the RFEF, just five minutes before the press release". I have spoken with the players, and I can guarantee that they will do everything they can with the new coaching staff, we are in a very hard situation. We have been obliged to make this decision.
Chelsea are facing up to the fact there will be no easy - or cheap - way out of their managerial deadlock following Real Madrid's decision to appoint Julen Lopetegui.
Lopetgui's decision to take the Real Madrid job with the World Cup just days away drew the ire of critics who quickly questioned his decision making when he announced the Spanish squad.
"There's a lot to do".
"Real Madrid look for a coach and look for the best". Last month, Lopetegui agreed to extend his contract with the national team through 2020.
Lopetegui is one of very few players to feature for both Real Madrid and Barcelona in his club career, and coached Los Blancos' B team around a decade ago.
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 players have seen things like this before and I am sure they are going to have a good World Cup".
Former Spain captain and Real Madrid legend, Fernando Hierro, who is also the current sporting director of the Spanish FA, is understood to be an early frontrunner to succeed Lopetegui.
Spain's football federation on Wednesday announced that Julen Lopetegui has been relieved of his duties as Spain manager. Lopetegui had to handle his stars diplomatically and help defuse the issue with kid gloves as his team roared to a tremendous qualifying campaign - with a no-loss record.
In the first reaction to the decision, former Spain forward Juanito said Rubiales' arguments had been impeccable.
The Spanish team is known as "La Roja" because of its distinctive red shirts.
Rubiales took over a federation which was in the hands of embattled official Angel Maria Villar for almost three decades.
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