Anthony Barry has been confirmed as a new Assistant Manager to Frank Lampard at Chelsea. He is expected to join as a second assistant to Frank Lampard and Jody Morris.
Anthony Barry hails from Liverpool and has spent most of his playing career in the lower tiers of the English Football League and the National League. His playing career includes stints at Accrignton Stanley, Yeovil Town, Chester City, Fleetwood Town, Forest Green Rovers before retiring in 2017 at Wrexham.
Barry completed his UEFA A License aged 30 and was named as a first team coach for Wigan Athletic, making him the youngest first team coach in the country at the time. He has since become an integral part of the Paul Cook’s coaching team at Wigan. He has helped the Latics gain promotion to the EFL Championship. He continued working on his badges, completing his UEFA Pro License in 2019. He also holds the League Manager’s Association Management and Leadership Diploma, priming him for bigger and better things.
With Wigan falling into administration, consequent relegation, the departure of Paul Cook, Anthony Barry has been looking for a change for some time now. Earlier in the summer, Barry was linked with the managerial vacancy at Tranmere Rovers as one of the odds-on favorites. However, Tranmere Rovers appointed Mike Jackson to take the reins.
Tranmere’s loss was Chelsea’s gain as Frank Lampard has offered Barry a role in the Chelsea first team staff as a defending coach and a second assistant. According to The Sun, Frank Lampard knows him from their time working on their courses. This seems a prudent move as Chelsea have suffered one of their worst seasons defensively in 2019-20. In Reece James, Chelsea have a young defender who had a breakout season at Wigan Athletic under the tutelage of Anthony Barry during 2018-19. With the loss of Eddie Newton last season, Barry is most likely his replacement.
Chelsea and Lampard are pushing the right buttons in the massive rebuild of the club. How it will affect Chelsea’s fortunes moving forward remains to be seen.
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