Barcelona Name New Manager After Ronald Koeman Dismissal

Barcelona Name New Manager After Ronald Koeman Dismissal

  • Sergi Barjuan will be in charge of Barcelona's first team until a substantive appointment is made
  • A former Barcelona player, Sergi has been managing the club's B team
  • Nou Camp legend Xavi has already been touted as a possible permanent replacemant for Koeman

Barcelona have confirmed the appointment of Sergi Barjuan as the interim manager following the sacking of Ronald Koeman.

Sergi Barjuan attends the LFP (Professional Football League) Soccer Awards Gala 2016 at Palacio de Congresos on October 24, 2016 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
Sergi Barjuan will be in charge of Barcelona until a substantive appointment is made. Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso.
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Koeman was shown the door on Wednesday, October 27, shortly after Barca's 1-0 shocking defeat to Rayo Vallecano in the La Liga.

The disappointing result left the Catalan club in ninth on the standings with 15 points from 10 matches.

According to The Sun, Nou Camp legend Xavi is primed to take over permanently once Barca reach a deal with Al-Sadd who the former player is currently managing.

However, B team boss Barjuan has been named caretaker boss in the meantime, with Barcelona revealing his tenancy will end immediately a permanent replacement is announced.

"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," Barcelona said in a statement.
"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," the statement added.

Barjuan spent 14 years with the La Liga giants as a player, working through the youth ranks before cracking his way into the senior team.

He went on to make 382 appearances for the club before winding his career with rivals Atletico Madrid.

He has previously managed Barcelona's youth teams before taking charge at Almeria and Mallorca.

He would later in 2019 make a return to Camp Nou after he was appointed team B's manager.

Micky McCarthy sacked

Earlier, reported Mick McCarthy was relieved of his duties at Cardiff after leading the club to a string of poor performances.

The Bluebirds have lost 10 of their last 11 fixtures, with the defeat against Middlesbrough their eighth consecutive loss.

McCarthy was only appointed to the role in January and he is set to be replaced by Steve Morrison on an interim basis.