Barcelona Sack Victor Valdes After Reports Of Bust-Up

Barcelona sacks Youth team coach Victor VALDES

Barcelona sacks Youth team coach Victor VALDES

FC Barcelona have sacked club legend Victor Valdes with immediate effect after a reported fallout with Head of Youth development Patrick Kluivert. The Dutchman has a role overseeing the teams at La Masia and informed Valdes that his team had to play the same tactics as the rest, a strict 4-3-3 in the Barca style.

There have been clashes over a range of issues, including the team's formation, the management of star player Ilaix Moriba and Valdes' failure to turn up for important meetings with other coaches at the club.

Franc Artiga, who has been part of the youth set up at La Masia since 2010, will take over the post.

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.

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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.

After two failed years at Manchester United and a brief loan spell at Belgian side Standard Liege, the Spanish World Cup victor retired after playing for Middlesbrough three years ago.

Although Barca's U-19s are sitting in second place behind Real Zaragoza in the league, they lost their opening two UEFA Youth League fixtures to Borussia Dortmund and Inter under Valdes' leadership.

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