World Cup 2018: Sacked Spain coach Julen Lopetegui mum as he departs Russia

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Former Spain coach Julen Lopetegui (Getty Images)

Julen Lopetegui had little to say beyond wishing Spain well as he departed Russia ahead of the World Cup, having been sacked as coach on the eve of the tournament.

Lopetegui was removed from his post Wednesday after Real Madrid confirmed Tuesday that he would take over as its new boss after the World Cup.

He has since been replaced as Spain’s coach by Fernando Hierro for the duration of the competition. Hierro had served as Spain’s sporting director since November.

Lopetegui was unsurprisingly crowded by reporters as he arrived at Krasnodar Airport but was unwilling to divulge anything about the saga.

“I hope we have a great World Cup,” Lopetegui said. “I am not going to say anything else.”

Spain begins its World Cup campaign Friday against neighbor Portugal.