BARCELONA have appointed Sergi Barjuan as interim manager following Ronald Koeman’s sacking.

On Thursday, a club statement read: “Barcelona hereby announces that Sergi Barjuan, the current coach of Barca 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.”

Barjuan spent 14 years at Barcelona, working his way through the youth ranks, the C and B teams before cracking the first-team in 1993.

He would go on to play 382 times for the club before finishing his career at Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona are now working on the termination of his contract at Al-Sadd, something which would cost them around £840,000.

Former midfielder Xavi, who enjoyed a stellar 17-year career at the club, is widely being reported to take over on a permanent basis. The Spaniard is currently head coach of Qatari side Al Sadd, and Xavi has been praised for implementing Barca’s famous tiki-taka style to great effect – something Nou Camp fans have been crying out for.

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