Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez. Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs/File Photo
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Newcastle United offered the Spain national team the chance to have Rafael Benitez as their coach during the World Cup after Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the tournament, Spanish federation President Luis Rubiales has said. Former sporting director Fernando Hierro was named as Spain's interim coach several hours after Lopetegui was sacked one day before the World Cup began, with the 2010 winners later suffering a shock exit to hosts Russia in the last 16 .Lopetegui was sacked for announcing he had agreed to take over Real Madrid immediately after the World Cup without the consent of Rubiales.
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