The Spanish manager was yesterday announced as the next Real Madrid boss, taking over from Zinedine Zidane from next season.
But apparently the Spanish FA aren’t happy with how that appointment was made and have taken the bold step of relieving Lopetegui of his duties just a day before the tournament kicks off in Russia.
Spain don’t get their tournament kicked off until Friday night, when they play Portugal – but it’s a shock move that is sure to have a big impact on the competition for their national team.
It’s fair to say Twitter is in disbelief that one of the pre-tournament favourites have got rid of their manager:
Sacking Julen Lopetegui is honestly the most stupid decision. What's wrong if he reached an agreement to coach a club? It didn't prevent van Gaal from beating Spain 5-1 in 2014 or Conte 2-0 in 2016. Even Barça players didn't want him getting sacked. The timing is just awful.
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) June 13, 2018
This Johnny Sins lookalike will regret it. Lopetegui had 20 games, and ZERO losses for the NT. They could've gone far. Idiot. pic.twitter.com/TfRBxijCyg
— Ali (@RM_Insider) June 13, 2018
Wow! Spain have sacked their coach, Lopetegui. Increible!
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 13, 2018
Lopetegui sacked by Spain. This is just incredible.
— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) June 13, 2018
So now Julen Lopetegui has been sacked by the Spanish FA! On the eve of the World Cup, this really is insane. What a total shambles. Oh dear me. Good luck, Spain 🇪🇸
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) June 13, 2018
Gracias @rfef and congratulations to Germany and Brazil on reaching the final. Sacking Lopetegui was totally the correct decision. That was sarcasm btw. Proper pissed off.
— Xav Salazar (@XavsFutbol) June 13, 2018
Spain sacking Lopetegui a day before tournament starts is absolutely ludicrous. This is mental and I love it.
— LUKE (@luke16taylor) June 13, 2018
Lopetegui sacked. Astonishing
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) June 13, 2018
Spain sack coach Julen Lopetegui just one day to the #WorldCup, following his hiring as Real Madrid manager.
— Biola Omowanle (@Beeorlicious) June 13, 2018
Spain sack head coach Julen Lopetegui 😱😱😱 a day before the world cup!? Wow 🚮😐
— Phomolo_TM (@PhomoloCrystal) June 13, 2018
— syed230183_chelseafc (@syed230183) June 13, 2018
Unbelievable! Spain manager Julen Lopetegui has been sacked just 2 days before their first World Cup game! Shambles! 💀
— LouMun 67 ⚽️🍀🏴 (@lfmunro) June 13, 2018
Julen Lopetegui sacked as Spain Head Coach on the eve of World Cup! Absolute Shambles.
— Football Crazy (@Football4crazy) June 13, 2018
Will create more unrest. What’s the point? This World Cup is an absolute joke for Spain. A even worse hammering than against Netherlands awaits them against Portugal. Spain and Lopetegui have fucked up big big time. https://t.co/dsehwWAKdm
— Vedant 🇦🇷 (@GuajeMaravilla) June 13, 2018
Spain sacking Lopetegui is absolute madness. Who do they have in mind to take over the squad under short notice??
— E L V I S (@Pheenum) June 13, 2018
Julen Lopetegui the man who was appointed as a #RealMadrid Manager yesterday, has been sacked by Spanish FA just two days before their World Cup match!
Madness at its peak ! !
— Uzair (@iUzair08) June 13, 2018
Now Spain will look for a new manager after Lopetegui’s departure – and whoever that is will have a huge job on settling the squad before as they aim for World Cup glory.