Already-relegated Barnsley head into Tuesday’s fixture with Blackpool with the target of avoiding finishing bottom of the Championship standings.
Meanwhile, Blackpool, who have enjoyed an excellent first campaign back at this level, are looking for the win which would take them into 14th position.
Since his arrival before the midway point of the campaign, Asbaghi had overseen gradual improvements being made by a Barnsley side which looked devoid of confidence in the weeks after his appointment.
However, despite a few sporadic glimmers of hope, Friday’s 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town has condemned the Tykes to relegation, a year on from reaching the playoffs.
Supporters of the Yorkshire outfit relished their chance to dream 12 months ago but reality has hit since the departure of Valerien Ismael, the team winning just six of 43 league fixtures this campaign.
If Barnsley could have held onto leads against Reading and Swansea City in recent games, things could have been different heading into their concluding triple-header, but scoring just 32 times has ultimately proven costly.
On a more positive note, Barnsley have collected nine points from their last six fixtures at Oakwell, but it was not enough to keep Asbaghi in a job as the club announced his departure on Sunday.
Blackpool manager Neil Critchley celebrates after the match on March 12, 2022© Reuters
While Blackpool have been increasingly inconsistent during the second half of the campaign, Neil Critchley deserves to be in the running for Championship manager of the year after dismissing any chance of a relegation battle months ago.
For a team who earned promotion through the League One playoffs last year, that is some achievement, and the Seasiders can count themselves unfortunate to be as low as 16th when they have accumulated 57 points, sitting 23 points above the drop zone.
After a five-game winless streak, Blackpool have rediscovered some form of late, thrashing Birmingham City by a 6-1 scoreline before earning a comeback draw at promotion-chasing Luton Town.
Gary Madine’s second-half penalty took him to nine strikes for the season, but the 1-1 scoreline meant that Blackpool have now gone four matches without success on their travels.