27 Jul Barcelona news: Patrick Kluiver appointed manager of childhood football in La Masia
The prior Blaugrana forward was termed as the club’s new manager of the iconic La Masia academy on a two-year contract
Patrick Kluivert was appointed manager of childhood football in Barcelona on a two-year contract.
The function marks a return to the prior Netherlands global to the team where he spent six seasons as a player, scoring 123 targets in 259 matches across all contests.
Kluivert is going to be responsible for overseeing the famous La Masia academy, which generated world-renowned talents like Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets — who’ve gone on to lift different decorations together with the Blaugrana.
“I’m quite pleased to return home and excited about this new age, together with the struggle of keeping Barca one of the best teams on earth,” Kluivert explained.
“I grew up in the Ajax academy, which is quite like La Masia, and that I believe I could do a great deal for the growth of youthful Barca players”
The statement comes just over a week following the 43-year-old has been dismissed from his position as assistant supervisor by Cameroon.
Head coach Clarence Seedorf and helper Kluivert had their contracts terminated after failing to direct the Indomitable Lions past the past 16 in the Africa Cup of Nations, losing 3-2 to Nigeria since they failed to defend their title.
The 43-year old became something of a journeyman after his Barcelona death in 2004 since he seemed for Newcastle United, Valencia, PSV and Lille all in the space of four decades.
Since retiring from playing 2008, Kluivert was engaged in many different Eredivisie clubs and has been a part of Louis van Gaal’s training team when Netherlands finished third in the 2014 World Cup.
He had been temporarily at the helm of this Curacao nationwide team, the nation where his mother was born, also spent a year as manager of football in Paris Saint-Germain, before linking Seedorf in Cameroon at 2018.
While in control of the Curacao domestic side, Kluivert guided them for their best-ever World Cup Qualifying performance before their 2018 championship since they attained the third qualifying round before being removed by El Salvador.
Kluivert has coached at youth level, spending two weeks in charge of Ajax A1 from May 2016 at which he took control of a side for his son, Justin.