Sergi Barjuan in his time coaching at FC Barcelona / FCB Archive

Sergi Barjuan will be the Almería coach until the end of the season. The Andalusian club announced the news on Monday after the sacking of previous boss Juan Ignacio Martínez over the weekend in the wake of his team’s 4-1 home defeat against Levante. Almería also announced that Sergi “could take his place in the dugout as coach on Wednesday at Camp Nou should all the necessary paperwork be completed in time.”

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The Catalan born coach could make his debut in charge of Almería in what was his home ground during the majority of his playing career. The defender came through the youth ranks at La Masia and eventually made his debut for the first team in the season 1993/94. He quickly established himself as first choice at left back, being named as captain in the season 2001/02. Sergi played 452 matches for Barça and was a team mate of Luis Enrique during five seasons and Xavi Hernández for three.

After hanging up his boots in 2005 following a spell at Atlético Madrid, the local lad turned to coaching back at Barça, taking charge of the U19B side between 2009 and 2011. He moved on to Second Division side Recreativo Huelva before now taking his first job in the Spanish top flight with Almería.

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