- Julen Lopetegui has been sacked as Spain head coach
- The sacking came hours after Lopetegui was appointed Real Madrid manager
- The former Real Madrid and Barcelona player reportedly penned a 3-year contract with Los Blancos
Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui has repoprtedly been sacked from his position by the Spanish Football Association.
Lopetegui was relieved of his duties just hours after signing a three-year deal to succeed Zinedine Zidane as manager at Real Madrid.
In a statement released on Wednesday, June 13, Spanish FA President, Luis Rubiales, noted that the country's football top organ had reached the decision after it emerged that Lopetegui engaged Real Madrid in negotiations without prior consultations.
“We have been forced to dispense with the national coach. We wish him the greatest of luck,” said Rubiales.
“The negotiations have occurred without any information to the Spanish FA and we were informed just five minutes before the press release. There’s a way to act that needs to be fulfilled," he added.
Lopetegui, 51, was appointed Madrid manager on Tuesday evening, June 12, with the Spanish coach agreeing to move to the Bernabéu after the World Cup.
“Real Madrid announce that Julen Lopetegui will be the coach of the first team during the next three seasons,” Real Madrid said in a statement.
“Julen Lopetegui will join the club after Spain’s participation in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team," the statement continued.
With just a day to the World Cup, the ex-Porto coach was looking to guide the Spanish national side to their second World Cup success after the country's first triumph in 2010.
Spain have been drawn against Portugal, Morocco and Iran in Group B.