Barcelona has sacked their under-19 manager following a burst up with former teammate Patrick Kluivert.
Victor Valdes is one of the players who made 500 appearances for the club, he was appointed as the youth team coach in July during the period Kluivert was also appointed as the La Masia academy but things never really worked out with the pairs to the point that Valdes need to be shown the exit door from the club.
A Barcelona statement read: ‘FC Barcelona have informed Víctor Valdés on Monday that he is no longer U19A coach and no longer employed by the Club. Franc Artiga, up till now coach of the U19B and part of the youth set up at La Masia since 2010, will take over as coach of the U19A.’
Kluivert and Valdes played for Barcelona from 2002 to 2004, they have differences on various issues but the most significant is the former goalkeeper to adapt to a formation.
Valdes was also unhappy with Kluivert and the club’s decision-makers over being unable to use the Estadi Johan Cruyff as the Under-19s ground because the B team and women’s team play there.
Outside Barcelona Valdes has not been able to tailor his career, he spent two years at Manchester United and a brief loan spell at Belgian side Standard Liege and he finally retired after playing for Middlesbrough.
He was one of the candidates considered to take over Ernesto Valverde but with his recent conduct, his stock for such a position at Camp Not has dropped immensely.
Valdes’ Under 19s had won four of five league matches this season but lost both of their UEFA Youth League games – against Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan.