Soccer – Spain send Lopetegui packing

Spain have axed head coach Julen Lopetegui a mere two days before they begin their bid for glory at World Cup 2018 in Russia. Lopetegui has been fired after it became public knowledge that he had agreed a deal to become the boss of Real Madrid straight after the tournament, with the Spanish Football Federation less than impressed that they had not been informed that talks had even taken place. RFEF president Luis Rubiales explained to reporters: "There's a way to act that needs to be followed. It's the Spanish team. You cannot do things this way. "I admire Julen a lot, I respect him a lot, I think he's a top trainer and that makes it more difficult to make the decision. While he's been with us, he has done impeccable work. "I know it's a very difficult situation. I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do, but I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger." Spain are available at 13/2 with bet365 to win World Cup 2018, while they are 11/2 to lose in the final.

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