The world of football took no time at all to react to the shock news that Spain had sacked manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the Russia World Cup.

Lopetegui had recently agreed a deal to become the replacement for Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid following the conclusion of the tournament, but the Spanish football association have taken it upon themselves to relieve him of his position.

A press conference was called on Wednesday morning, where it was announced the 51-year-old would be removed from the helm, despite Spain’s opening fixture against rivals Portugal looming.

The world of football took no time at all to react to Spain's sacking of manager Julen Lopetegui

The world of football took no time at all to react to Spain's sacking of manager Julen Lopetegui

The world of football took no time at all to react to Spain’s sacking of manager Julen Lopetegui

Social media was soon awash with reaction, as the football world tried to comprehend what had happened. Among the first to respond – Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Fabregas was overlooked by Lopetegui for the Russia tournament, despite a solid season in west London.

Still perhaps aggrieved by the decision, Fabregas took to Twitter to quip: ‘Wait, maybe I will get a call up now!’

Talk quickly turned to thoughts of who could potentially take up the job at such short notice, with journalist and Arsenal fan Piers Morgan pondering a very familiar name.

‘Imagine if [Arsene] Wenger is now hired as emergency manager of Spain.. and wins the World Cup. Now that would be amusing,’ wrote Morgan.

England legend and broadcaster Gary Lineker came straight in with the jokes, giving his reaction of: ‘Lopetegui: The reign with Spain stays mainly on the plane.’

Fans quickly had their say via the social media platform, with one offering the pessimistic outlook: ‘Spain’s World Cup is about to end even before it starts!.’

Others saw humour in the fact the Spanish FA have given themselves so little time to find a way out of their predicament.

User @Danmetcalfents wrote on Twitter: ‘Job opening Must be willing to travel and have a valid passport. Must be able to speak Spanish…Must be willing to start IMMEDIATELY!!!’ 

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