ALMERIA, Spain (AP) -- Spanish struggler Almeria has named former Barcelona player Sergi Barjuan as its third coach of the season.
The 43-year-old Barjuan replaces Juan Ignacio Martinez, who was fired on Sunday, a day after Almeria lost 4-1 at home to Levante.
Almeria says that "if all the necessary paperwork is complete" Barjuan will coach Almeria's away match at Barcelona on Wednesday.
Barjuan spent nine years at Barcelona as a defender and played in two World Cups for Spain.
He coached Recreativo in Spain's second division from 2012-14.
Almeria is in the relegation zone after failing to win in seven straight rounds.
The club fired its first manager of the season, Francisco Rodriguez, in December.