Real Madrid and Julen Lopetegui negotiated separately and the Spanish National Team can pay the consequences in the Russia World Cup
Julen Lopetegui, who was the coach of the Spanish national team, will be the new coach of Real Madrid, according to the club's statements on Tuesday 12 June. However, the announcement has brought an unexpected consequence. The president of the Spanish Football Federation, José Luis Rubiales, reported the dismissal of Lopetegui as coach of the Spanish national team two days before the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Rubiales, surprised the world with the unusual statement in the afternoon of this Wednesday in Europe, early morning in America, "We are forced to dispense with the national coach" argued Rubiales at a press conference held at the stadium from the town of Krasnodar. "The selection is the team of all the Spaniards and there are decisions that we are obliged to make based on a way of acting, we have found an exceptional circumstance, with a negotiation between Real Madrid and the coach that was never reported. The federation has to have a clear message, there is a way of acting that we must comply with, we were obliged to make a decision" said the coach according to El País newspaper.
According to La Vanguardia, Rubiales does not feel betrayed by Lopetegui's decision but stressed that the way in which the signing was handled was not the correct one. Rubiales said that "I do not feel betrayed, the problem is how things have been done, with total absence of participation from the Spanish Football Federation, that is something we can not ignore. He is an impeccable professional but the forms are important." Additionally, the president of the federation assured that the decision to dispense with Lopetegui services is not the responsibility of Real Madrid. La Vanguardia cites the coach saying that "Real Madrid is looking for a coach and looking for the best, it is lawful, I will not say anything about that. However, the coach while he is a worker of the Spanish Federation cannot do things this way. I found out with one or two calls five minutes before the official announcement. We have been forced to make this decision, I do not go into how one or another club acts."
This emergency situation was resolved promptly. The man in charge of replacing Lopetegui is Fernando Hierro. In unison, the executives signed the Lopetegui exit certificate while announcing the arrival of Hierro, who will basically be a leader who will face the press conferences and whose technical influence will be almost nonexistent. The players will have to solve the matches for themselves.
Precisely, the team captain Sergio Ramos, decided to break the silence in the middle of the controversy and issued a related message through his twitter account @SergioRamos.
We are the Selection, we represent a shield, some colors, a hobby, a country. The responsibility and commitment are with you and for you. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, together: # VamosEspaña pic.twitter.com/rzy5D5lF8F
- Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) June 13, 2018
Those closest to the Spanish National Team anticipated a decision of this magnitude, since Rubiales had returned with haste from Moscow. Wounded in his pride, Rubiales has spent the night listening to positions of his trusted staff, but always with the main objective of dismissing him. According to El Mundo, it is an unprecedented decision in history. Lopetegui had renewed his contract with the selection on May 22.
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Translated from “Insólito: Lopetegui y un hecho sin precedentes a horas del inicio del Mundial de Fútbol Rusia 2018”