Former head coach of Spain and Real Madrid, Julen Lopetegui, was put on the list of candidates for Spartak Moscow coach . According to media reports, the 52-year-old specialist refused the offer to head the Russian club. The Basque itself, in response to a question from journalists, did not deny or confirm the rumors that had appeared.
Moscow “Spartak” continues to look for the head coach after the resignation of the Italian specialist Massimo Carrera .
Julen Lopetegui, former mentor of the Spanish national team and Real Madrid, was put on the list of candidates.
According to the newspaper Marca, Russian journalists contacted the publication to discuss the prospects for the Basque in Spartak. After that there were rumors that Lopetegi had already refused the leadership of the red and whites.
The specialist himself did not either confirm or deny this information.
“I apologize, I understand your work, but I will not give any comments now,” Sport Express quotes Lopegi.
The specialist was dismissed from the post of head coach of “Real” because of the unsatisfactory results of the team at the start of the season.
In the championship of Spain after ten rounds the Madrid club takes the ninth place. The team won only four victories in Example, and in the last match under the leadership of Lopetegi, the royal club defeated Barcelona with a score of 1: 5.
After retirement, the coach thanked everyone for their support.
“After the decision made by the board of directors of Real, I want to thank the club for the opportunity. Thanks also to the players for their efforts and work, as well as to each of the club staff for their efforts during this time. And, of course, I thank the fans for their support. I send my best wishes to them for the rest of the season, ”the Spanish expert quoted FourFourTwo.
At his post, Lopetegi lasted four months. In the summer, the specialist led the national team of Spain and prepared the team for the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, his negotiations with Real Madrid forced the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to take a risky step and dismiss the coach before the start of the tournament.
As a result, the Spanish national team was headed by Fernando Hierro . Under his leadership, the national team reached the 1/8 finals, where she lost to Russia in the penalty shootout.
Carrera was dismissed from Spartak on October 22, but he was never replaced.
According to a number of media reports, the main candidates for the position are Oleg Kononov, the tutor of Arsenal in Tula, and Valery Karpin, the coach of Rostov .
Officially, negotiations with experts were not announced, however, according to rumors, representatives of the red and whites have already been in contact with Kononov and Karpin.
After the winning match in the 1/8 finals of Olympus – Russian Cup against Grozny “Akhmat” mentor “Arsenal” was asked about his future.
“On this topic, of course, I will not answer. First of all, I am an Arsenal coach and the most important thing connected with this is what I can say about the club, about the players and about the game. At the moment my future is connected with it.
What will happen next, we’ll see. It all depends, as I said, on the club. This is my first priority as a coach, so that Arsenal plays, shows football and the result. And in the championship and in the Cup. There is a lot of talk on “Spartacus” now, but I can’t tell you anything concrete. Concreteness will be only when, when they speak two clubs, ”said Kononov.
It is expected that the final decision will be made by the owner of Spartak Leonid Fedun when he returns from vacation.
Currently, the acting head coach of the red-and-whites is the Spaniard Raul Riancho.
A specialist came to the club in the summer of 2018 as an assistant to Carrera.
Under the leadership of Riancho, Spartak held two meetings, which ended in a draw. In the away match of the third group European League, the red-and-whites broke up with the Scottish Rangers (0: 0), and in the game of the Russian Premier League against the Kazan Rubin, the Moscow team missed the victory in the time added to the second half (1: 1 ).