Spain sacks its coach in Rus­sia

The Queensland Times - - Sport -

FOOT­BALL: Untested coach Fer­nando Hierro will lead Spain into the World Cup af­ter Julen Lopetegui’s shock sack­ing.

Lopetegui was dra­mat­i­cally axed on Wed­nes­day night (AEST), throw­ing Spain’s prepa­ra­tions into tur­moil ahead of their first match against Por­tu­gal at 4am to­mor­row.

Fol­low­ing Tues­day’s shock an­nounce­ment that Lopetegui would leave to take over at Real Madrid af­ter the fi­nals in Rus­sia, Span­ish Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Luis Ru­biales de­cided to re­move him from as na­tional coach.

Direc­tor of foot­ball and for­mer Spain cap­tain Hierro said: “The key is to change as lit­tle as pos­si­ble.”

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