FC Barcelona have sacked club legend Victor Valdes with immediate effect after a reported fallout with Head of Youth development Patrick Kluivert.
Valdes retired from football at the end of last season and returned to the the LaLiga champions in July to take up a coaching role in their development with the U19s.
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Tipped to become the final piece of the jigsaw to develop the promising talents for the senior set-up, the iconic goalkeeper has been relieved of his duties to a behind the scenes clash with Kluivert.
"FC Barcelona has told Víctor Valdes that he is no longer the coach of Juvenil A and belonging to the Club," read a statement on the club' website.
"Artiga Franc, until now coach of Juvenil B and in the Masia since 2010, becomes the coach of Juvenil A."
Valdes, who earned praise for his role in developing teenager Ansu Fati
for the senior team this season, was also criticised for his stuborness in tactical decisions.
It's been reported in Spanish by Marca that before his dismissal today, he fell out with directors over his preference of deviating from the club's 4-3-3 system, as he favoured 4-4-2.
The 37-year-old went through the La Masia ranks before earning legendary status at the club during a trophy-laden 12-year spell in the senior team, winning six La Liga titles and three European Cups.