Following the sack of Ronald Koeman as Barcelona manager, the Spanish side has appointed another of their former star defender Sergi Barjuan as interim head coach of the club. Norman was relieved of his duties after Barça lost 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano in their La Liga midweek game.
Barcelona Appoints Sergi Barjuan as Interim Manager
The club released a statement after the sack of the Dutch saying: ”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 a 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 also says: “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.”
49 Sergi Barjuan was appointed Barcelona team B manager in June this year, he was given a two-year contract, but his association with the club dates back to a length spell as a player. He played for Barca 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 three years at Atletico Madrid, before returning to Camp Nou as a youth coach in 2009. Barjuan has also managed Almeria, Mallorca, and Zhejiang Professional of China, before returning to Catalonia over the summer.