Barcelona announce Sergi Barjuan as interim head coach as search for Ronald Koeman’s successor begins

The club’s B-team coach will step in for the time being

Alex Pattle
Thursday 28 October 2021 20:06
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Barcelona have announced that Sergi Barjuan will serve as interim manager of their first team while the club seek a permanent replacement for Ronald Koeman.

Blaugrana legend Xavi Hernandez is expected to eventually take charge of his former club, having impressed with Al Sadd in Qatar since 2017, accumulating seven trophies.

Barjuan was previously in charge of the “B” team and guided his side to 11th in Segunda Division B Group 2.

The 49-year-old has previous experience in charge of Recreativo de Huelva, Almeria, Mallorca, as well as almost two years in China with Hangzhou Greentown in 2017.

Barjuan temporarily replaces Koeman, a legendary player for the Blaugrana between 1989 and 1995, after the Dutchman was dismissed as head coach on Wednesday evening.

The 58-year-old was sacked following a 1-0 loss at Rayo Vallecano, which left Barca ninth in the table.

A statement released by the Catalan club on Thursday afternoon read: “FC Barcelona hereby announces that Sergi Barjuan, the current coach of Barca B, shall be taking provisional charge of the technical management of the senior squad.

“His interim position as first team head coach shall end as soon as the club has hired [a] full-time head coach to replace the dismissed Ronald Koeman.

“FC Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, shall be officially introducing Sergi Barjuan to the first team squad this afternoon before the training session at the Ciutat Esportiva.

“Sergi Barjuan will be attending to the media tomorrow [Friday] from 1.00pm CEST in the pressroom at the Ciutat Esportiva to discuss the game against Alaves, with president Joan Laporta also appearing.”

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