Spain sacks its coach in Russia
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.”