In a dramatic turn of events, 2010 World Cup winners Spain sacked their manager Julen Lopetegui just a day to the kick off the World’s biggest football tournament.
The sacking also comes just two days before their opening game against European champions Portugal.
On Tuesday, La Liga giants Real Madrid announced Lopetegui as their new head coach to succeed Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu on a three-year deal, something that did not please officials from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
RFEF preside Luis Rubiales, who according to reports said he learned about Lopetegui’s new position at Real Madrid on five before its announcement said he had found himself in "a very difficult situation".
"I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do. I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision,” he added.
"You can't do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision."
Lopetegui was appointed in July 2016, following Vicente del Bosque’s retirement. He took charge of the team through 20 matches, winning 14 and drawing 6.
Spain have now appointed sporting director Fernando Hierro to take charge of the team at the World Cup that kicks off on Thursday.