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Barnsley ‘close in’ on 36-year-old as managerial replacement

Barnsley ‘close in’ on a 36-year-old as their managerial replacement with speculation continuing over the vacancy this week.

The Tykes are hoping their search for a new boss will reach a conclusion by the time they face Fulham on Saturday, with Swede Poya Asbaghi again strongly linked to the role.

Swedish news outlets have reported that Asbaghi, the Sweden under 21s manager, is set to land the job, however The Chronicle understands it is not as well-advanced as that but he is thought to be a person of interest.

Barnsley currently sit second-bottom and four points from safety after 17 games played, waving goodbye to Markus Schopp who was sacked three weeks ago, following a run of seven successive defeats and a 13-game winless run.

The players had most of last week off, which led to many fans baffled by, however returned to training over the weekend under caretaker Joe Laumann, who guided the side to a win over Derby County before then losing to Hull City.

Although Barnsley’s chief executive Khaled El-Ahmad is also Swedish, their links with Asbaghi go back further with 36 year old Asbaghi having an interview in 2019 but the Reds instead went with Gerhard Struber.

Asbaghi was, at that time, manager of IFK Gothenburg who he had won the Swedish Cup with, but they got rid of him the following September.

He became coach of Sweden under 21s around a year ago and has them unbeaten at the top of their European Championship qualifying group.

He is getting reading to lead them in Dublin this week against the Republic of Ireland, for whom Reds midfielder Will Hondermarck is in the squad.

Reports in Belgium have claimed Mechelen turned down Barnsley’s request to speak to manager Wouter Vrancken.


Poya Asbaghi – 1/6
Michael Flynn – 7/1
Wouter Vrancken – 14/1
Hannes Wolf – 16/1
Alexander Blessin – 18/1
Joseph Laumann – 18/1

Asbaghi’s record:

Dalkurd FF – 1 January 2016 until 14 May 2017 – 41 games, 20 won, 15 drew, 6 lost, 48.78 win %
Gefle IF – 29 May 2017 until 31 December 2017 – 21 games, 10 won, 4 drew, 7 lost, 47.62 win %
IFK Göteborg – 1 January 2018 until 3 September 2020 – 78 games, 24 won, 24 drew, 30 lost, 30.77 win %
Total – 140 games, 54 won, 43 drew, 43 lost, 38.57 win %

Fans have given their reaction with reports claiming that Barnsley ‘close in’ on 36-year-old Asbaghi as their managerial replacement…

@Darrenforeman2: Having played in Sweden and having a few contacts I understand he is a highly thought of coach, whether he is managerial material maybe a different matter. Did a responsible job at IFK Gothenburg

@3divred: 3 chuffin weeks and I assume he will need a visa which will take how long? Joke of a club. meanwhile Jo is running the show by his sen because no bugger else left at the club

@CMLBFC: I’ll be disappointed if we don’t chant Poya Asbaghi, in the style of We Like to Party – Vengaboys.

@Liam_Fountain: Almost stuck a tenner on Poya Asbaghi at 50/1 purely cos of a feeling I had, gutted I dint now

Poya Asbaghi’s magic
He wears a magic hat.
And wen he wears it back to front,he looks a bloody twat..⚽️😂🏐🤣⚽️👍🏐🤗

Exactly the kind of appointment we were all expecting
Never heard of him
No experience of English Football
Another one where Mr Conway has really pushed the boat out 😂😂

@nicktallant: So the board spins the wheel on another unproven euro coach with no championship experience while expecting the fans to dish out cash to ‘get behind’ this lunacy.

@EdJacobs14: they take so many risks wtf

@KINGMAGUIRE_: Some of them pay off

@FilSaunders_: He’s had success in Sweden, he’s overseen a europa league campaign, he’s managed a international U21’s team, he’s young, with the potential of improving and becoming a saleable asset. He’s exactly the type of person these human farmers who own us are likely to appoint.

@barryhastow: at least he’s not from Austria

@17Davenport: That’s us down then. Well done Conway lad you’ve well and truly fucked it up this time.

@RedsReport_: Reckon perhaps, waiting on visas?

@Linhem: Done well with smaller clubs trying to play similar to how Barnsley’s been playing with Struber and Ismael. Didn’t work out with IFK (close to relegation when he left) but the club is a shambles. Clearly works well with young players and likes 3-5-2/3-4-3

@BrianPingu: System at new club will be a 4-2-3-1 – possession from the back, two sitting midfielders, aim to exploit the gaps between full-backs and centre-halves with diagonal runs from wide, high press. Also will use a sweeper occasionally against stronger opponents.

@BenSquires88: They’re great Barnsley with these left field appointments, love it!

@JordanWard_: At least we’ve been linked with him before we signed Struber. One from the spreadsheet, not Conway’s ‘contacts’

@BisbyScott: I’m not sure about this tbh but if it goes through time will tell and I’ll give him a chance.

@CraigJones29: Poya Asbaghi’s barmy army #BarnsleyFC

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