The move by Real Madrid to announce Julen Lopetegui as the next manager has not gone down well with the Spanish FA and the coach, who succeeded Vicente Del Bosque in the role, has been sacked with just hours to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
According to the Spanish FA, the negotiations that would see Lopetegui named as Zinedine Zidane’s successor at Real Madrid were done without the knowledge of its bosses.
The FA boss, Luis Rubiuales admitted that he was only informed of the decision five minutes before the announcement and admitted it is a difficult decision even as he confirmed former Spain international Fernando Hierro will take over.
"I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do. I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision.
"You can't do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision,” Rubiales said.
Hierro, who represented Spain up to the 2002 World Cup was until this appointment, the Spain FA’s Technical Director, doing his second stint after returning in 2017, having left six years earlier.