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24 April 2022

Barnsley Football Club can confirm the departure of both Poya Asbaghi as First Team Head Coach, and Ferran Sibila as Assistant Coach, by mutual consent.

The Swede was appointed in the role in November of 2021 and proved popular with players and staff alike here at Oakwell. Taking over in difficult circumstances, Asbaghi gradually improved the side’s performances but ultimately it wasn’t enough.

On his departure, Poya Asbaghi said: “I want to thank everybody at Oakwell for their time and efforts over the last months, this of course includes players, fans and staff. It’s been a real privilege to work in Barnsley and I wish everybody all the very best for the upcoming seasons.”

After Friday night’s defeat at Huddersfield Town confirmed the Club’s relegation from the Sky Bet Championship, both parties agreed to end the 36-year-old’s tenure. 

Assistant Coach Ferran Sibila will also depart, and the Club would like to thank both men for their tireless efforts and outstanding professionalism across this challenging 21/22 campaign. 

Khaled El-Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer added: “On behalf of Barnsley Football Club, I would like to thank both Poya and Ferran for their hard work and professionalism during a difficult time.

“Our search for a new coach has already started and an announcement will follow once that process is concluded.”

Martin Devaney will now take charge of first team affairs, assisted by Tom Harban and Jo Laumann for the remainder of the 21/22 season, with the Reds set to welcome Blackpool FC to Oakwell on Tuesday night.

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