A new sheriff is at Barnsley. Poya Asbaghi replaces Markus Schopp who was sacked after a run of one win from 15 league games and seven consecutive defeats.
Asbaghi, 36, is highly rated in Sweden but relatively unknown in England, according to https://www.casinoadvice.io/ as little is known about the manager.
“As we went through our recruitment process it was clear he will take us forward,” CEO Khaled El-Ahmad said.
“We would like to thank [caretaker manager] 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.”
Asbaghi is Barnsley’s fifth permanent head coach in just over two years, following on from Daniel Stendel, Gerhard Struber, Valerien Ismael and Schopp. But the 36-year-old tactician is already aiming to make a lasting impression.
“What I hope me together with the rest of the staff can bring is good clarity in what we need to do on the training pitch and good gameplans so the roles are more clear and hopefully with that you feel more confident in what to do,” he said.
“Just as much as your confidence can sometimes get lower when you don’t get the performances you want, you can just as much gain confidence pretty fast as a young player if you succeed.”
Here are five things to know about the 36-year-old.
Born in Iran
Born in Karaj – just outside of the Iranian capital, Tehran – in July 1985, he was only one-year-old when his family fled the country because of political persecution.
Since then, Asbaghi has spent his life in Sweden. He grew up in the country’s fourth-largest city, Uppsala, which is located approximately one hour north of capital, Stockholm, where best usa online casino can still operate.
He began his coaching journey as assistant at Dalkurd FF, a club based in Uppsala, where he grew up with his family.
Previously courted by Barnsley
Asbaghi was interviewed for the Oakwell job two years ago following Daniel Stendel’s departure.
The Barnsley hierarchy eventually opted to appoint Austrian Gerhard Struber as he guided the Tykes to safety with a dramatic late escape at the end of the 2019-20 season.
Asbaghi was viewed as not having enough experience the last time the Reds were interested in his services but he has remained coaching since 2019.
He has a major trophy to his name
In 2020, Asbaghi guided IFK Göteborg to Swedish Cup glory.
After winning both their quarter-final and semi-final in extra time, against Hammarby IF and IF Elfsborg respectively, Göteborg set up a final with Malmö FF.
Malmö would go on to win the Allsvenskan – Sweden’s top league – last year but were beaten in the Cup final by Asbaghi’s side who won 2-1 after extra time.
A decent coaching experience
Between 2014 and 2015 he was assistant coach at Dalkurd FF, who currently play in the Swedish third tier. He become manager in 2016 before leaving in 2017. In the same year, he spent time in charge at Gefle IF.
In 2018, Asbaghi was named manager of IFK Göteborg. After guiding the club to an 11th-place finish in the 16-team division in 2018 and a seventh-placed finish the following year, his contract at the club was extended to 2022.
In 2019, he was nominated manager of the year in Allsvenskan before being approached by Barnsley in the autumn prior to Struber’s appointment.
In November last year he was appointed manager of Sweden Under-21s until the summer of 2023.
Flaunts European experience
In 2019, he earned Göteborg a spot in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. It was the first time in three years that the Swedish club had reached some form of European competition.
However, they never advanced further in the Europa League under Asbaghi as they were beaten 2-1 by Copenhagen in the qualifying round.