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Spain sack their coach 2 days before their first game

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by Rosco, Jun 13, 2018.

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  1. Rosco

    Rosco Worse than Brendan Administrator

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    Julen Lopetegui has been removed as Spain manager a day after it emerged that he had agreed to take over at Real Madrid after the World Cup.

    Lopetegui has signed a three-year deal to succeed Zinedine Zidane with the Champions League holders and it was decided that in the circumstances it was inappropriate for him to continue with Spain.
     
  2. Fabio

    Fabio Former mod, consistent c*** Honorary Member

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    Lulz
     
  3. Oliver Twist

    Oliver Twist Well-Known Member

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    A win all round for Madrid.
     
  4. darkstarexodus

    darkstarexodus Well-Known Member

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    ....in a negative 4-G turn....
    Glad I don't have any money on them.
    Feel like this is making an awful decision for the principle of it. Bye bye four years of work.
     
  5. LeTallecWiz

    LeTallecWiz Mo(ssa)d Administrator

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    Frogfish Gone to Redcafe Member

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    Insanity.
     
  7. manwithnoname

    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    That's quite funny
     
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    dantes Well-Known Member

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    This is a rare opportunity to find out once and for all whether managers make a difference.
     
  9. manwithnoname

    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    Roberto Di Matteo won a Champions League as manager of Chelsea.

    What more proof is required?
     
  10. dantes

    dantes Well-Known Member

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    Did you even stop to consider that I might have completely forgotten about that ever happening?
     
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    dogboy Very Active Member

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    There goes my hard earned tenner. I can however, cash out at £6.71.
     
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  12. Rosco

    Rosco Worse than Brendan Administrator

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    The Spanish squad pleaded with their federation to try and save Julen Lopetegui’s job, but president Luis Rubiales felt duty-bound to take the decision, having been “furious” with how the coach’s pending move to Real Madrid came about.
    In a sensational and unprecedented story on the eve of the World Cup, Spain have sacked the 51-year-old, after it was confirmed that he had agreed to succeed Zidane at the Bernabeu.


    Madrid president Florentino Perez however only informed Rubiales five minutes before Tuesday’s announcement – three days before their opening World Cup game against Portugal in Sochi – and this was a situation the federation boss was said to find unpalatable.

    Already minded to dismiss Lopetegui on Tuesday, the Spanish squad got wind of this, and made a concerted plea to Rubiales to keep the coach in a meeting that lasted over two hours and delayed the planned press conference to discuss the situation by 90 minutes.


    The argument made by the players was that trying to win the World Cup should be prioritised above all else, and that the federation should on this occasion “swallow their pride” for the good of the team.

    Rubiales however felt honour-bound to take his decision.


    Fernando Hierro has taken over as manager for the tournament.
     
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    Pesam Forum Moderator Forum Moderator

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    Fat Sam as interim manager.
     
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  14. manwithnoname

    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    He's currently using Google translate to create his new PowerPoint masterpiece: "El Gordo Futbol Magnifico"
     
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    keniget Part of the Furniture Member

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    That's an insane decision by their FA.

    As if you'd fuck up your WC chances for pride.
     
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    gkmacca Part of the Furniture Member

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    I would have got Rafa in as caretaker manager just for the WC. He would have been in his element, and they could have taken their time deciding on a long-term replacement.
     
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    This would have been a great idea
    Second only to not firing their managwr the day before the World Cup.
     
  18. Oncy

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    Doubt it will matter. Del Bosque or someone will step in. Their squad is the shit.
    Will still be in the reckoning.
     
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    The Spanish squad are now singing: 'We don't need another Hierro'.
     
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    Halmeister Some sort of pun about having a well known member Member

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    I don't get why they're kicking off so much
     
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