Spain To Sack Coach Julen Lopetegui Less Than 24 Hours Until World Cup

Spain are giving serious thought to sacking their head coach Julen Lopetegui less than 24 hours until the start of the World Cup.

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 Russia for the World Cup.

But now, several outlets, including Spanish publication Footbal Espana are reporting that Spain are considering sacking the 51-year-old.

They are furious with the way in which the news of his new job at Real came to surface, right before the biggest competition in international football. The Spanish FA's president Luis Rubiales having to fly back from a FIFA congress to where the Spain squad are based in Krasnodar.

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It's thought that Rubiales felt 'betrayed', having only discovered the Lopetegui would become manager of Los Blancos five minutes before it was made public.

Now a press conference will take place and it will clarify the position of the coach. It remains very possible that the Spanish FA - known as the RFEF - will decide to terminate his employment as Spain boss, right on the brink of the World Cup.

If the former Porto boss does leave his post, Ferrnando Hierro and Spanish Under-21 coach Albert Celades will be next in line to step in and take over the role.

Spain begin their World Cup campaign against neighbours Portugal on Friday, but who will be in the dugout for La Roja remains to be seen.

The next few hours will be very interesting

Jacque Talbot

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