Spain have sacked Julen Lopetegui just two days before their first World Cup match despite the late efforts of senior players.
President Luis Rubiales revealed the decision after a dramatic morning when a press conference was called for 9.30am and then delayed over an hour and a half.
He said: “We have been forced to dispense with the national coach, we wish him the best of luck, what the Spanish gets, will have to do with the work he has developed.
We have to work on a series of decisions that come two days before the beginning of Russia 2018. There is a lot to do.
I do not feel betrayed, Lopetegui, while he has been with us, has done an impeccable job, another is how this has been done, without knowledge of the federation.
We will touch the staff as little as possible, as soon as we have something to communicate, we will do it.”
Spain’s World Cup campaign is now in chaos with their first game against Portugal on Friday.