Poya Asbaghi has been appointed head coach of Barnsley FC and is due to start work at Oakwell next week.

The 36-year-old, who was born in Iran but spent most of his life in Sweden, has been coaching Sweden under 21s after a stint with IFK Gothenburg.

Asbaghi – who was interviewed for the role in 2019 – will bring with him Spanish assistant Ferran Sibila.

The pair are due to take training for the first time on Monday, so caretaker Jo Laumann will be in charge of Barnsley's game at Fulham on Saturday.

Chief executive Khaled El-Ahmad told the club's website: "We welcome Poya and Ferran to the club. Both are good people, talented coaches with a clear leadership and tactical philosophy.

“Poya was on the radar back in 2019 and as we went through our recruitment process it became clear to all parties that Poya and Ferran can take Barnsley FC forward.

“We would like to thank 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.”

Barnsley sacked Markus Schopp after a 13-match winless run at the end of October. They are second-bottom in the Championship, four points from safety.