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The former stopper is in charge of fourth-division Horta, but his approach as a coach has earned him a furious rebuttal from a former player.
Horta manager Víctor Valdés has a “lack of humility” and believes he is “playing FIFA” when it comes to his management style, says former player Sergi Moreno.
The former Barcelona goalkeeper took over the Tercera Division set ahead of the 2020-21 campaign and has overseen an uneven start to the new season, picking up just two wins from his first seven games in charge.
That form led the club, under the direction of Valdés, to unexpectedly fire three players this week, including Moreno, who only arrived from Sant Andreu before the current legislature, with five games under his belt before his departure.
Now talking to the local station BTV, the 28-year-old has criticized the former national team player, claiming that Valdés treats his squad as if they were cards in a game.
“We were in the gym and, at the end of the session, Victor came in and told us that we were no longer in his plans, that we were not what he was looking for in football,” Moreno said.
“[He told us] to pick up our things and leave, we weren’t going to train because I wanted to sign other players. Clubs should at least warn you and give you time to react.
“[Valdes has a] lack of humility and [he’s] egocentric. He thinks he’s playing FIFA, as if we players were playing cards. “
Moreno further recovered from the abrupt exit from a match in which he has made his career, emphasizing the manager’s arrogance, adding: “We are people first and foremost and, with Víctor Valdés, I felt treated like a piece of shit.
“I make a living out of this and now how am I going to pay for everything I have to pay?”
Valdés, who enjoyed a prolific career of more than a decade with the Blaugrana before concluding his days as a player in English football, returned to the Camp Nou as a youth coach last year.
He only lasted three months before he was fired and subsequently returned to management in the Third Division this year.
During his playing days at Barça, he was a six-time national La Liga champion and was also a member of the winning teams of the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 in Spain.