Barcelona have sacked Juvenil A head coach Victor Valdes with immediate effect, amid rumours of a bust-up with Patrick Kluivert behind the scenes.
Valdes returned to Camp Nou to take charge of the U19s back in July, five years after ending his time at the club as a player.
He was expected to oversee the development of Barca’s next generation of stars, but his coaching stint has been cut short prematurely.
Widespread reports have suggested that Valdes and the club’s director of youth, Kluivert, do not see eye to eye, with friction between the pair reaching boiling point over the last week.
Valdes did not appear on the sidelines during Barca U19’s 2-1 win at Gimnastic de Tarragona on Saturday and he has been officially dismissed on Monday morning.
Barcelona have released a statement on their website, which reads: “FC Barcelona has told Víctor Valdes that he is no longer the coach of Juvenil A and belonging to the Club.
“Artiga Franc, until now coach of Juvenil B and in the Masia since 2010, becomes the coach of Juvenil A.”
📝 [ÙLTIMA HORA] Víctor Valdés deixa de ser l'entrenador del Juvenil A. Franc Artiga, fins ara entrenador del Juvenil B, ocuparà el seu càrrec.
— FC Barcelona – Masia (@FCBmasia) October 7, 2019
Valdez started having problems with the barca U19s when he insisted on adopting the 4 2 2 formation system which goes against Barca’s 4 3 3 formation for junior teams.
They have however thanked him for working closely to ensure Ansu Fati’s emergent development and promotion to the senior team.