Reuters reports: Pepu Hernandez was sacked as coach of world basketball champions Spain by the country’s federation (FEB) on Tuesday, just two months before the start of the Beijing Olympics. The 50-year-old had already said he was going to step down after the Olympics but fell out with FEB president Jose Luis Saez over the timing of this announcement just over a month ago.

The AP reports: The federation said in a statement that Hernandez had been fired for failing to comply with contractual obligations and for showing a “lack of respect for the federation and its staff.” Relations between Hernandez and the federation had deteriorated since the 50-year-old coach said last month he would quit after the Beijing Olympics in August.