While it’s all still up in the air, it’s being reported that Spain have at least sourced themselves a temporary head coach for the World Cup after sacking their previous incumbent on the eve of the tournament.
Julen Lopetegui was dismissed by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Wednesday after failing to inform them he was planning to take over at Real Madrid immediately after the World Cup despite having a contract with the RFEF that runs until 2020.
As things stand, a permanent successor to Lopetegui seems to be a way off, though it would appear that Under-21s coach Albert Celades will be the man trusted with the managerial duties heading into Spain’s first match of the tournament.
According to the Mirror, Celades, a former Barcelona and Real Madrid defender, will be the man in the dugout when La Roja play old adversaries Portugal in Sochi on Friday.
Whether or not he will be entrusted with the role thereafter remains to be seen.