Most Read Football

Our best bets for Tuesday's Champions League action1

Tuesday's Champions League tips

The Champions League group stages begin to conclude on Tuesday night. Tom Carnduff has found value in the stats betting.

The latest from the back pages2

Paper Talk: Blues in for right-back

Chelsea 'hold talks' with Serie A right-back, Man United have 'no intention' of selling Paul Pogba and more in Tuesday's Paper Talk.

The latest Champions League standings and what teams need to do to qualify3

Champions League permutations

It's the final week of Champions League group action with Liverpool and Tottenham two of the big names facing final-game deciders in their bids to make the last 16.

Check out today's Paper Talk4

Paper Talk: Barca want £200m Kane

PSG to rival any Eden Hazard bid and Barcelona desperate to land £200m Harry Kane - plenty more too in today's bumper edition.

Get all the football gossip from the National Papers5

Paper Talk: Lukaku agitated

Romelu Lukaku is the latest Man United player to be unsettled by Jose Mourinho, according to today's paper - get all the latest.

Fernando Hierro Spain boss for World Cup after sacking Julen Lopetegui

Fernando Hierro: The 50-year-old is taking over Spain for the World Cup
Fernando Hierro: The 50-year-old is taking over Spain for the World Cup

Fernando Hierro will manage Spain during the World Cup after they sacked Real Madrid-bound Julen Lopetegui.

The 2010 World Cup champions caused shockwaves in Russia after sacking head coach Lopetegui just a day before the start of the tournament.

Hierro, 50, is a former midfielder who represented Real Madrid and Bolton, as well as making 88 appearances for Spain.

Real Madrid announced on Tuesday that Lopetegui would be taking over as their new manager after the World Cup, but the move evidently did not go down well with the Spanish FA.

Early reports suggested they were in the dark about the move until the last minute, and they confirmed as much after responding by making the shock move just before the event gets underway.

FA president Luis Rubiales says they were 'forced' into the move after Lopetegui took the Real Madrid post without informing them.

"We have been forced to dispense with the national coach, we wish him the best of luck" he said.

"I don't want to get into how Real Madrid should go about things. The Spanish team is the team of all Spain.

"If it had been up to Julen it wouldn't have happened in this way and I wouldn't have found out five minutes beforehand.

"The negotiation occurred without the RFEF having any information. (We were told) just five minutes before the press release. We have a way of behaving that needs to be adhered to.

"Obviously there was some sort of problem with communication but we can't be expected to find out about something like this five minutes (before the announcement) and not take the necessary decisions."

Bookmakers Sky Bet have responded by easing Spain out to 13/2 to win the World Cup after an eventful turn of events.

Spain take on rivals Portugal in their opening Group B fixture on Friday (June 15).

Odds correct as of 1300 BST on 13/06/18

Related World Cup links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read Football

Our best bets for Tuesday's Champions League action1

Tuesday's Champions League tips

The Champions League group stages begin to conclude on Tuesday night. Tom Carnduff has found value in the stats betting.

The latest from the back pages2

Paper Talk: Blues in for right-back

Chelsea 'hold talks' with Serie A right-back, Man United have 'no intention' of selling Paul Pogba and more in Tuesday's Paper Talk.

The latest Champions League standings and what teams need to do to qualify3

Champions League permutations

It's the final week of Champions League group action with Liverpool and Tottenham two of the big names facing final-game deciders in their bids to make the last 16.

Check out today's Paper Talk4

Paper Talk: Barca want £200m Kane

PSG to rival any Eden Hazard bid and Barcelona desperate to land £200m Harry Kane - plenty more too in today's bumper edition.

Get all the football gossip from the National Papers5

Paper Talk: Lukaku agitated

Romelu Lukaku is the latest Man United player to be unsettled by Jose Mourinho, according to today's paper - get all the latest.

Football Tips

Our best bets for Tuesday's Champions League action

Tuesday's Champions League tips

The Champions League group stages begin to conclude on Tuesday night. Tom Carnduff has found value in the stats betting.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

Sizing Tennessee on his way to Ladbrokes Trophy glory

Sporting Life Tipping Record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in December 2018.