Spain’s favourite tag may jeopardized with management troubles
Everything seems to be great for Spain national football team two days ago. They arrived at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 as one of the favourites and La Roja seems to be united and then a sudden blow. Their head coach Julen Lopetegui announcement to join Real Madrid after the World Cup was announced and a day later he was sacked by Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales immediately. Lopetegui won’t be getting his last chance to leave a mark on Spain and instead, it will be current Sporting director Fernando Hierro who will take charge as national team head coach.
It’s a difficult moment for La Roja. You can’t enter into a tournament with the clear head when your head coach is sacked just before the tournament started and your Sporting Director replaces him as a head coach. We can understand Luis Rubiales decision to sack Lopetegui but it doesn’t give enough impressions that Spain is heading in the right direction, of course not at least in Russia.
Exactly a year ago today, Fernando Hierro left Real Oviedo.
Today he is named Spain manager.
His career is in freefall.
— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) June 13, 2018
Rubiales explanation came as it is unethical from Lopetegui to announce his future two days before World Cup and more so letting him know five minutes before telling the whole world.
Spanish FA President said, “Julen Lopetegui’s negotiation with Real Madrid is legitimate and there is no problem with it, but the Spanish Royal FA had no information about it. We knew five minutes before a press release and we have to send a clear message to all. The workers of the Spanish Royal Football Federation and that (message) is that there is a way to proceed and it has to be done like that.”
Well, it definitely gives a message but it may jeopardize their World Cup chances. They will face Portugal on Friday and they’ll have a manager whose experiences are limited as a Sporting director. He has never managed a team at this stage and it will be a challenge for him.
Hierro told as Marca reports, “It’s a nice challenge and exciting one. The circumstances are what they are and from now on I accept the responsibility bravely, it can’t be any other way. We have a group of players who have been together for two years to work towards the World Cup and I have been sporting director, so I understand that motivation is huge.”
He adds, “We cannot alter two years of hard work in the coming days. Many of the staffs are still with us and we have watched videos about the upcoming matches, so we have to be intelligent and coherent. From now until the Portugal match, we don’t have the ability to change much. I have been at all the training sessions and have been present day today. We cannot changes anything in two days. The key is to change as little as possible.”
What changes Hierro can bring in the squad is difficult to tell, but it could be revealed during Spain vs Portugal game. Spain is favourite to win the group B and favourite to win the title as well, but it seems management trouble may jeopardize their chances of lifting the World Cup trophy for the second time in the history.