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
  • Sergi, who is a former Barcelona player, has been managing the club's B team before his new appointment
  • Nou Camp legend Xavi has already been touted as a possible permanent replacement 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.

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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.

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

Xavi could become new Barcelona manager on a permanent basis

Earlier, former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez is on the verge of returning to the Camp Nou, but this time as a manager following the sacking of Ronald Koeman.

Although there are no official statements from the club, several reports claim that Xavi has been contacted to take up the managerial role at Camp Nou.

Koeman was shown the door as Barcelona boss following poor strings of results this season after they suffered another embarrassing defeat to Rayo Vallecano in their week 11 La Liga fixture, losing 1-0.

La Blaugrana lost their fourth game in six matches in all competitions and the club believe it is time to let Koeman off the hook.

The 58-year-old spent 14 months at the Camp Nou and could only win the Copa del Rey last season as well as finishing third in the league.

They are currently ninth in LaLiga following an awful start to the season, a run of form which brought an end to Koeman's 14-month stint as head coach.


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