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Barcelona announce former star as Ronald Koeman’s replacement

Barcelona have a new man in charge of the first team following the sacking of Ronald Koeman after a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday evening.

The Catalan giants announced on Thursday morning that Sergi Barjuan has been appointed as the interim manager and will take charge of the team’s clash against Celta Vigo this weekend.

Barjuan is the current coach of team B and former player at the club, but he will be in charge of the first team until the board announces a permanent manager to replace Koeman.

Sergi Barjuan

A statement on Barca’s website read: FC Barcelona hereby announces that Sergi Barjuan, the current coach of Barça 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 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.

Barcelona appoint Sergi Barjuan as interim manager

The Dutch man was sacked following a series of disappointing results. Barca have lost three of their last four matches and they sit sixth-point behind leaders and arch-rivals Real Madrid.

Koeman has had to deal with the exit of Messi but results like a 3-0 loss to Benfica, 1-1 draw against Granada made his position untenable.

The loss against Rayo was the final straw for Barca’s board, who decided to put the former Valencia manager out of his misery.

Ex-player Xavi Hernandes is expected to be the man to replace the former Holland coach.

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