Barcelona fans were taken aback when the club fired B team coach Javier Garcia Pimienta, according to Ferran Martinez of Mundo Deportivo.
Pimienta's work with the Blaugrana's developmental side over the last three years has earned him acclaim, thus the news has come as a shock to fans.
Heavily against this decision. Laporta should remember what Pimienta has done, was there even during his first tenure as president.— Juan🎗️ (@__ElJdP) June 11, 2021
I understand he wants to "move on" and not look back, but this is not the right way. Wonder who's coming in, assuming Sergi Mila takes over. https://t.co/Xz5RCjymHZ
Alex Collado, Ronald Araujo, and Riqui Puig are just a few of the high-profile youth products that have benefited from Pimienta's support.
The Blaugrana B team advanced to the Segunda Division B promotion play-offs before losing to UCAM Murcia in a penalty shoot-out.
No way have they gone and sacked Garcia Pimienta. A man who has been at this club for over 14 years and has nurtured most La Masia talents, including Messi. Terrible decision by the board, shocking to be honest.— Clev (@ethancleverly10) June 11, 2021
Pimienta's strong leadership of the young players has him being mentioned as a possible successor to Ronald Koeman as the first-team coach.
This is one of the numerous structural adjustments that the La Liga heavyweights are planning as they rebuild after several years of underachievement both in Europe and at home.
If the club fails to make the playoffs again next season, this will undoubtedly be one of the decisions questioned, as evidenced by the negative reaction on social media.
Nothing makes sense anymore.— Single Pivot (@thesinglepivot) June 11, 2021
La Masía's methodology, and therefore the coaches that carry it, is the thing that needed least changing. García Pimienta is a huge Barça asset.
Barcas is expected to make many first-team changes this summer, with Aymeric Laporte of Manchester City being one of their priorities.
The 27-year-old will be well-liked at Camp Nou, especially after pledging his international future to Spain despite being a Frenchman.