Barnsley have appointed Poya Asbaghi as their new head coach after the latter left the Sweden set-up where he was the U21 head coach. He was considered for the vacant Oakwell job before Gerhard Struber joined in 2019. Asbaghi began his coaching career at Dalkurd FF in the third tier of Swedish football. He enjoyed a successful two-year spell with Gefle before joining Gothenburg. His assistant coach at Gothenburg, Ferran Sibila will join him at Barnsley.

“We welcome Poya and Ferran to the club. Both are good people, talented coaches with clear leadership and tactical philosophy.” Barnsley chief executive Khaled El-Ahmad said after the appointment of Poya Asbaghi. “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 (caretaker manager) 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,” he added. “Laumann will oversee Saturday’s game at Fulham, with Asbaghi expected to take training on Monday.”

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