Segura handed reserve role

Segura will take over on a temporary basis until the end of the

season. The club say the move is part of their planning for the

future, with a new structure to be put in place in the summer.

Segura, who has previously coached the likes of Andres Iniesta and

Cesc Fabregas through Barcelona’s youth set-up, will be assisted by

under-16s coach Steve Cooper for the reserves’ remaining matches.

“The club have conducted a thorough review of all operations based

at our academy as part of our overall strategy to constantly

improve our youth and professional player performance,” said a club

spokesman. “We have a clear vision of the way ahead and a number of

changes will now be put in place to help us to build on the

considerable progress already made. “Pep Segura will step in as

reserve team manager on a temporary basis for the remainder of this

term only, before a revised structure is put in place this summer.

“He will be assisted over the next few months by Steve Cooper.” The

reserves saw their 10-match unbeaten run come to an end in a 2-1

defeat at Blackpool last week.