Rubiales dismisses Spain head coach Lopetegui
Julen Lopetegui is no longer the coach of Spain, according to Luis Rubiales who announced at a press conference this morning. The position is to be occupied by Fernando Hierro.
After a morning of tension in Krasnodar, Rubiales made the decision to dispense with the Basque technician, despite the opposition of many players who support the coach. “We will all be together to paddle”.
“I have a very close relationship with them. Since then the situation more complex than I could find. I have spoken with them and I can guarantee that the footballers are going to do everything in their power to carry the team as far as possible,” he said. “We are all affected without a doubt.
We must always think about what is best for Spain, the Federation and the selection. It is certainly a hard blow, but starting this afternoon, with the new training in place with staff, we will all be together to paddle forward,” he added.
“I don’t feel betrayed because Julen’s work has been relentless. We are compelled by how things have been done. He is a professional in full, but recent actions have not been handled correctly. We cannot remain on the sidelines of the negotiations of one of their workers and look the other way,” he explained.
The surprise of Julen Lopetegui signing for Real Madrid, announced on Tuesday afternoon by the Los Blancos, precipitated the events in the concentration of Spain and left the trainer out of the squad only 48 hours ahead of the game against Portugal.
“I admire and respect very much Julen, he is a coach top, but that makes it more difficult to take this course of action. Winning is important but more important is how we conduct ourselves and Spain as a group.”
“You cannot do things five minutes before its official”, stressed Rubiales as grounds for dismissal. “I asked that nothing was done, I came to Moscow because this issue is more important. We had to react, I saw him in the press. It has already happened and responsibility, I know that whatever you do is going to be criticism,” said Rubiales, visibly annoyed by the succession of events.
“Julen would have liked that they would have done things differently. Real Madrid was looking for a coach and the best possible solution would have been to wait. It is lawful. I don’t have to judge Real Madrid. We have been forced to make a decision because the selection is the team of all Spaniards. Having the best is important, but how things are done,” he said.
Rubiales ended trying to display optimism. “It may seem that there is a tremendous weakness, but over time it will make us stronger,” he said. “I ask all the Spaniards to get behind the squad as the group looks to move forward. The team is going to give everything to get a good result,” he concluded.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) 13 June 2018