Barnsley appoints Poya Asbaghi as new head coach

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The Athletic – BARNSLEY, Barnsley FC has appointed Swedish-Iranian Poya Asbaghi as their new head coach.

Asbaghi, 36, had previously been in charge of Sweden’s under-21 side.

He takes over from Markus Schopp, who was sacked in early November after seven consecutive defeats.

Joseph Laumann had been the caretaker manager and will lead the team against promotion-chasing Fulham on Saturday, with Asbaghi taking first-team training from Monday.

Asbaghi will be joined by assistant coach Ferran Sibila, who worked with him during a two-year spell at IFK Goteborg between 2018 and 2020.

Khaled El-Ahmad, Barnsley CEO, said: “We welcome Poya and Ferran to the club. Both are good people, talented coaches with clear leadership and tactical philosophy.

“Poya was on the radar back in 2019 and as we went through our recruitment process it became clear to all parties that Poya and Ferran can take Barnsley FC forward.

“We would like to thank Jo Laumann and the first team coaching staff for their continued hard work and professionalism over the past few weeks during what has been a transitional period for the club.”

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