Those in power at Real Madrid were fully aware of the consequences of appointing Julen Lopetegui as the club's new coach. They were prepared for an earthquake and for the subsequent landslide. As it turned out, events unfolded in that exact manner.
Los Blancos thought only about their own interests, with Florentino Perez doing what he considered best for the club he presides over. He did what he had to do, it's that simple. Real Madrid now have a coach and that's good for them, the reaction of others is simply hot air.
There is something that concerns me about this issue. Why did the first statement released by the Spanish FA state that "we've been in contact with Real Madrid at all times and are aware of the negotiations with our coach"? Why did they wish Lopetegui good luck and then change the statement minutes later to a much more conservative one? There was no longer any mention of Los Blancos with reference to the coach's future. Perhaps it was a case of miscommunication and this is key to the whole episode.
This was an issue that would have followed Real Madrid's script of a controlled explosion had Luis Rubiales not chosen to put his own pride ahead of the requisite coldness that any director should apply to emergency management. The president of the Spanish FA didn't think to do anything other than simply add more fuel to the fire, acting against the will of the players, something which Real Madrid didn't do, as they took on board the suggestion of the Spanish internationals, who backed the arrival of Lopetegui to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Meanwhile, there are the fans that don't follow the national team for 11 months of a World Cup year, not to mention those who reject the national team, its symbols and even its name, La Roja. They don't remember the team when they're crying to the heavens as a result of the latest appearance on the scene of the club of their nightmares, that devilish figure complete with horns, trident and tail. These were the same people who couldn't hide their smiles the day Zinedine Zidane said goodbye and left Real Madrid in the lurch. The same people who, at midnight on May 26, spoke only of Sergio Ramos and Mohamed Salah, as well as Loris Karius, and not of a third Champions League in three years. Because, my friends, what generates such anger is the photo of the trophy cabinet that had to be expanded to make room for the latest European Cup. This is the origin of it all.