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Ronaldo Nazario, the owner of Real Valladolid Football Club, has fired coach Júlio Baptista, who is also a close friend and was in charge of the club’s B team.
Following controversial statements by the Brazilian and another defeat that put Valladolid B in the relegation zone of the fourth division, the collaboration was terminated.
Baptista criticized the club's management for players who train daily with the first team but play for the second. This, along with poor results, led to the decision to dismiss him.
Baptista, a personal friend of Ronaldo Nazario and a huge fan of his fellow countryman, had to leave the club along with the complete coaching staff after voicing his criticisms.
Valladolid announced that his replacement would be Álvaro Rubio, a former club captain, who has been part of the first team's coaching staff since 2017.
Julio Baptista has played for numerous clubs throughout his career, including stints at Real Madrid, Arsenal, Roma, and Sevilla.
He has played 47 matches for the Brazilian national team and has won two Copa America titles.
After his playing career, he dedicated himself to coaching and has been coaching Valladolid's youth and B teams since 2019.
Currently, Valladolid's first team is fourth in the Spanish second division and is competing for promotion to the top tier, from which they were relegated last season.