Poya Asbaghi confirmed as new Barnsley manager

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Former Swedish U21 coach Poya Asbaghi has been confirmed as the new manager at Barnsley FC.

The 36-year-old has signed at Oakwell after Markus Schopp was sacked earlier this month following seven straight defeats in the Championship.

The Iranian born coach won six of his 10 games in charge of Sweden U21s and arrives in South Yorkshire having left the young Swedes top of UEFA U21 European Championship Qualifying Group F after seven fixtures.

Asbaghi will be accompanied by Ferran Sibila, who was his assistant at Göteborg.

Khaled El-Ahmad, Barnsley FC Chief Executive Officer, said: “We welcome Poya and Ferran to the Club. Both are good people, talented coaches with a 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.”