Fernando Hierro to coach Spain at World Cup following removal of Lopetegui

De Gea demands public apology from Spanish prime minister over 2016 sex abuse case

De Gea demands public apology from Spanish prime minister over 2016 sex abuse case

Lopetegui was let go a day after Real Madrid announced him as its new manager beginning after the World Cup.

The Federation had announced a few days ago that Lopetegui would leave the role after the World Cup, but it was reported that Spanish FA President Luis Rubiales was so angry that he was prepared to fire him immediately.

Rubiales confirmed that the players attempted to save Lopetegui's job, but insisted that the RFEF were unable to accept the way Lopetegui handled the situation.

"The Spanish team is the team of all Spain", Rubiales said. I am sure Julen would have preferred it another way, and we wish him the best.

The Spanish team is known as "La Roja" because of its distinctive red shirts. There is a way of acting that must be fulfilled.

A decision on a replacement is unlikely to be made until after the upcoming World Cup after Lopetegui was sacked just two days before Spain kick-off the tournament. There is a lot to do. Lopetegui has done impeccable work. [However], this has been done without knowledge of the RFEF.

"The players are very focused and they have told me they are fully committed and will give 100 per cent". According to The Guardian, he said: "I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee they will do everything, along with the new coach, to take the team as far as possible".

De Gea demands public apology from Spanish prime minister over 2016 sex abuse case

The 50-year-old will have barely 48 hours to prepare his team for their opening World Cup match against neighbours and bitter rivals Portugal in Sochi on Friday.

Lopetegui was given a chance to speak to his players one last time before leaving, and told them: 'Win the World Cup now, this has happened to make us stronger'.

"So I think everybody will be happy with it, but mostly because Real were surprised by the departure of Zidane and had to react as soon as possible".

Rubiales then held meetings with Lopetegui to ascertain how negotiations between his agent and Real Madrid had reached such an advanced stage without the permission of the Spanish FA. We have been forced to act.

The federation claimed they learned of Lopetegui's appointment five minutes before it was announced on Tuesday. I told them we have an exciting challenge in front of us, and we can not let this affect our focus.

"It's a hard situation, but we are not the ones who determined the action that had to be taken", he said.