The Spanish FA have sacked manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the 2018 World Cup, after the 51-year-old was confirmed as Real Madrid's new manager on Tuesday.
The decision came after a morning of meetings with RFEF president Luis Rubiales and Lopetegui, with a number of senior players in La Roja's squad reportedly intervening on behalf of the manager to try and keep him in place.
Lopetegui sacked!— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) June 13, 2018
Rubiales had said on his arrival to Spain's World Cup base: "This is not the time to talk, but we will make the decision that best suits the squad, we will do things responsibly."
The decision was announced in a press conference on Wednesday morning, which was pushed back multiple times as frantic conversations took place behind the scenes.
Rubiales said in the press conference of Lopetegui's move to Real: “The negotiations took place without the RFEF’s knowledge. We found out 5 minutes before the press release. There are ways of behaving."
Speaking about Lopetegui's short-term successor, he added: “We are going to touch as little as possible. We are working on it. When we know we will tell you.”