Spain has called a press conference to address Julen Lopetegui's status after he accepted the Real Madrid job before the World Cup.
Spain manager Julen Lopetegui could leave his position two days before La Furia Roja start their World Cup campaign, after Real Madrid announced him as their new manager on Wednesday.
Lopetegui and RFEF president Luis Rubiales are set to speak to the media on Wednesday morning and rumors abound that they will announce his departure, with Albert Celades and Fernando Hierro likely to step in if so.
Seems quite possible that Rubiales / Lopetegui press conference in about an hour will be to announce Spain will have a different coach on bench v Portugal on Friday. Hierro and Celades candidates to step in.— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) June 13, 2018
As the future of Lopetegui depends on the conversation he is having right now with the President of the federation, Luis Rubiales, it is good to remember u21 manager Albert Celades is part of the coaching staff and Fernando Hierro, director of football of @rfef, could also help.— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) June 13, 2018
Madrid were not planning to make the announcement until after the World Cup but word quickly spread throughout the Spain squad and Madrid made the announcement in an attempt to prevent unrest.
But it looks set to backfire drastically as Spain could find themselves without a permanent manager on the eve of the World Cup.
Their campaign gets underway against Portugal on Friday and they are considered among the favorites to win the tournament.
Rubiales is reportedly furious with Lopetegui for telling Real to announce the news, though he maintained a placid facade upon his arrival at Spain's Krasnodar base.
"This is not the time to talk, but we will make the decision that best suits the squad, we will do things responsibly," he said, as quoted by Marca.
Lopetegui took charge of Spain after their last 16 exit at Euro 2016 and guided them to an unbeaten qualifying campaign.
He will step into big shoes at Real Madrid, after Zinedine Zidane stepped down from the post following three consecutive Champions League triumphs.