On Wednesday, Spain delayed a press conference at the Krasnodar Stadium by well over an hour before Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales announced the decision. "The Federation can not be left outside the negotiation of one of its employees and find out just five minutes before a public announcement". "We have been compelled to act".
"We are in a very complicated situation, but the players and the new coaching staff will do everything in their power to take the team as far as possible". I'm sure this will, over time, make us stronger.
The press conference was delayed by nearly an hour and the players pleaded with Rubiales for Lopetegui to keep his job.
"There's a lot to do".
Real have announced that after the tournament he will take over at the Bernabeu, stepping into the role that Zidane Zidane vacated following his shock departure at the end of May - just days after guiding Real to a third consecutive Champions League title.
"He will join the club after the participation of the Spanish team in the World Cup, after two years leading the national team".
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"My message is: "We have a magnificent team and hopefully we can go to win the World Cup" but I cannot say any more than that".
"Many of the staff are still with us and we've watched videos about the upcoming match, so we have to be intelligent and coherent".
A vastly experienced club coach in Spain he has guided the fortunes of Villarreal, Deportivo La Coruna, Athletic Bilbao, Mallorca, Levante, Granada and Osasuna and was linked to the Spain job before Lopetegui was appointed in 2016.
The 50-year-old's only previous coaching experience came at second division Oviedo, but he believes the players are ready to put the change behind them and focus on winning a second World Cup starting against European champions Portugal in Sochi.
Lopetegui was sacked shortly before the World Cup.
"Rubiales feels betrayed and his anger has only increased as the hours have passed". I've been the RFEF's sporting director for seven or eight months and I know what it's about.
"Obviously there was some sort of problem with communication but we can't be expected to find out about something like this five minutes and not take the necessary decisions".