The sacking of Julen Lopetegui as Spain’s manager was justified but it has created a new set of problems.
The news of the sacking of manager Julen Lopetegui by Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales has become the biggest story in world football.
Heading into the tournament, La Furia Roja has been looked upon as one of the favorites for the trophy after cruising through World Cup qualifying. However, the announcement by record UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid of Lopetegui as their new manager created confusion in the team.
Given how political Spanish football can be and the state of politics in the nation (Catalan independence agitation, Basque separatism and all), the decision of the Spanish FA is justifiable.
In order to safeguard the unity and harmony built up by the late Luis Aragones (manager in 2008 and continued by Vicente del Bosque in 2010) and former RFEF president Angel Maria Villar, allowing Lopetegui to continue as manager while being affiliated to Real Madrid was going to be a destabilizing factor.