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OFFICIAL: Ex-Barcelona Star Replaces Koeman 

OFFICIAL: Ex-Barcelona Star Replaces Koeman 

Barcelona have confirmed the appointment of former star defender Sergi Barjuan as interim head coach following the sacking of Ronald Koeman.

The Dutch legend was relieved of his duties after Barça slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano; a result that leaves the Catalan giants a lowly ninth in La Liga.


A statement from Barcelona following the appointment of Sergi read:”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.

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“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 Thursday from 1.00pm CEST in the pressroom at the Ciutat Esportiva to discuss the game against Alavés, with president Joan Laporta also appearing.”

Sergi, 49, was appointed Barcelona B manager in June 2021, signing a two-year contract, but his association with the club dates back to a length spell as a player.

Between 1993 and 2002, Barjuan made 267 La Liga appearances for the club, having graduated through the club’s academy. He then concluded his playing career with a three-year spell at Atletico Madrid, before returning to Camp Nou as a youth coach in 2009.

He’s subsequently enjoyed spells as manager of Almeria, Mallorca and Zhejiang Professional of China, before returning to Catalonia over the summer.

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  • Omo9ja 1 month ago

    This is how it should be when you have an image to protect. Not like our NFF that doesn’t have dignity and respect for Nigeria.

    NFF should replace the coaches with our ex players. Amunike and co period.

    Putting incompetent coaches in charge of our national and expecting good result, haba, NFF should have a rethink before it is too late. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

      The competent coaches who couldn’t qualify for 3 out of 4 AFCONs were ex-ghaninan national team players abi…?

    • You go see waiting hetred go do you ok

  • Abdul 1 month ago

    Omonaija, your comments are very annoying. Go and sit somewhere, please. You can’t just come here and relate every story on this platform to NFF and Rohr. Take a break abeg, abi kilo leto yen gan. You can try to ask yourself some questions? Like, has ex-professionals ever managed super eagles before? Yes. What were their performances? average or even worse, or at least nothing spectacular? And Keshi isn’t alive anymore obviously. Is Rohr doing so bad right now? of course he’s not. You always come around with the same old shitty stories all the time. We have a lots of talents in this squad blah blah……
    This team is basically average in respect to top footballing countries…look at those players and the clubs they are playing for. You can win an argument on their potentials, but currently, nothing special about the bunch of the players in the super eagles. Infact, we are not even among the top 3 in this continent in terms of the quality of players in the national team. You cry all the time about having local players in the super eagle squad. You are not dumb I know. Firstly, almost all local players invited to super eagles get on the next available flight to European clubs after their national team callup. So, do you think it’s right to use the national team as the marketing medium for our local players?. Secondly, tell me those local players that are better than those in the national team? You can’t just start raising argument just for the sake of criticisms, at least be constructive with your criticisms. Nigeria is a footballing country, but we won’t be winning the Afcon every year, and we won’t win the world cup in the next 8 years. That may sound pessimistic but unfortunately that’s the fact. Practically, we don’t have structure and our grassroots football derails by seconds. Is that Rohr’s fault? i bet you won’t say yes.

    • Kinesis 1 month ago

      Why you dey wahala yasef nah, i don activate read-and-ignore mode for Omo9ja comments already. His hatred for GR no get part2.