Either or both could now take charge of Friday evening's game in Sochi against Portugal.
The squad of players which sailed through qualifying and remain one of the pre-tournament favourites remained fully committed to the cause, Hierro said. "It is a hard and painful situation, we would have liked to finish here with Julen at the top, but we have not determined the way we act". Lopetegui has done impeccable work. "I have spoken with the players and I can guarantee they will do everything, along with the new coach, to take the team as far as possible [at this World Cup]".
"Real Madrid look for a coach and look for the best".
"Julen has worked phenomenally well; I have nothing at all to complain about there. We all know what this means and our responsibilities". "We have been compelled to make this decision". I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do.
'I do not feel betrayed, the problem is how things have been done with the total absence of participation of the Spanish Football Federation, that is something we can not ignore, Lopetegui is an impeccable professional but the process is important. He is a top coach for me, which made the decision very hard.
Air Force deserter captured using a fake ID
Later that year, the unmarried Seattle native was declared a deserter - something one of his sisters refused to believe. Following his arrest, Hughes was charged with desertion and is being held at Travis Air Force Base in California .
North America defeats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup
Of the 16 host cities, 10 will be in the United States while the remainder will be split evenly between Canada and Mexico. Officials have already talked of staging three games, one in each of the three countries, to kick off the tournament.