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Barcelona appoint Sergi Barjuan as interim coach

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Barcelona have appointed Sergi Barjuan as interim coach of the club's first team. 

A former full-back for the Catalan giants, Barjuan is currently the coach of Barca B.

He assumes the first-team reins following the sacking of Ronald Koeman last night.

The Dutchman lost his job following a sequence of poor results, which culminated in a 1-0 loss to Ray Vallecano on Wednesday night.

As a player, Barjuan made over 250 appearances during a nine-year spell, winning three La Liga titles in the 1990s.

He also had a three-year stint with Atletico Madrid following his departure in 2002.

Barjuán was also prominent at international level, making 56 appearances for Spain.

He rejoined Barca to take charge of the B team earlier this year.

He was also involved in coaching at youth level with the Catalan giants between 2009 and 2011.

Barjuán's appointment as interim coach looks set to precede the recruitment of Xavi as permanent manager in the coming days.

The club legend is the heavy favourite for the role.

He's currently in charge of Qatari club Al Sadd.

Barcelona are in ninth place in La Liga, six points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Barcelona statement

"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.

"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."

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