Gerard Pique draws inspiration from MI basketball after Spain fire coach

Gerard Pique draws inspiration from MI basketball after Spain fire coach

Real Madrid announced Tuesday that Lopetegui would take over as their manager next season, replacing Zinedine Zidane, who stepped down just days after guiding the club to a third successive Uefa Champions League title. (We were told) just five minutes before the press release.

"We are in a very complicated situation, but the players and the new coaching staff will do everything in their power to take the team as far as possible".

Spanish Football Federation Chairman Luis Rubiales announced Lopetegui's termination during a news conference on Wednesday. It's safe to say though, that this certainly is a bad look on the coach, who didn't appear to be transparent in his intentions.

As it goes, the man who will take charge of the team while in Russian Federation will be Fernando Hierro (one of Zidane's former Real Madrid teamates).

Spanish national team defender Gerard Pique is calling upon his team to emulate the 1989 MI basketball team ahead of this year's World Cup.

"He followed it up by saying: "[It's] a hard situation in these moments for our squad but now more than ever is when we have to support them without stopping.

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Ex-Bolton Wanderers man Hierro has been thrust straight into the managerial position to take Spain into the competition, just hours after Lopetegui had been sacked, making the move from his previous position as the Sporting Director of Spain. Drawn in Group B, they will also face Iran and Morocco.

"We survived with the strength of the squad, the team and that strength can make them world champions". I found out with a phone call five minutes before the official announcement. I don't feel betrayed.

And as he left Moscow, he added: "We have a magnificent team and hopefully win the World Cup".

The 50-year-old has been thrust into the job for Spain's opening World Cup match against Portugal in Sochi on Friday.

The Newcastle boss has an impressive record in club management with the likes of Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli and Real Madrid before taking over at St James' Park in 2016.

The man who made a decision to sack Spain boss Julen Lopetegui two days before the country played their World Cup opener used to play for Hamilton Academical.