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Real Valladolid president, Ronaldo Nazario, has sacked his side's reserve team manager Julio Baptista, after the coach criticised the club's management.
The pair are known to be close friends having played together at Real Madrid and also both representing Brazil, but Baptista will now leave his position as the manager of Valladolid Promesas, after five years at the club.
On Wednesday, the Spanish side released a statement claiming that he would be replaced by Alvaro Rubio, a former club captain who has been working as a technical coach since 2017.
Ronaldo acquired a majority stake in the Spanish outfit back in 2018, following a £27million takeover that saw him by 51 percent of the club.
Baptista meanwhile, who played alongside Ronaldo at the Bernabeu between 2005 and 2007, had spent three years in charge of the reserve side, but this season they have slumped to 14th place in the Segunda Division RFEF table, losing six of their opening ten games.
Real Valladolid president Ronaldo Nazario has sacked his old team-mate Julio Baptista
Baptista was the head coach of the club's reserve team, Valladolid Promesas, and had spent three years in charge at the club
They were beaten on Sunday 1-0 by Ourense, a second loss in as many games, and after the match, Baptista claimed that he did not have the freedom to utilise the players he wanted.
'Until 22 p.m. (the day before) I didn't have the lineup for this game. There is an order of which players have to play and I, as a worker at the club, do what they ask of me,' he said after the match, per PLACAR.
He also added, per AS, 'the way in which things are being done [at the club] is not the most appropriate.'
But he, along with his coaching staff,