Thomas Tuchel has played a big role in convincing Frank Lampard’s former assistant coach Anthony Barry to stay at Chelsea, according to The Athletic’s Simon Johnson.
Barry joined Lampard’s coaching team at the start of this season and has become an influential figure on the training field.
Last month, Lampard described him as a “diligent man” who has “certainly helped on set-pieces” (Chelsea’s official website).
It is very interesting how Chelsea have gone from struggling on set-pieces last season to being one of the best since his arrival this season.
Barry, along with fellow assistant coach Joe Edwards, also led Chelsea training sessions during the managerial void between Lampard’s departure and Tuchel’s appointment.
It was not a surprise when League One side Fleetwood Town reportedly considered hiring him as a manager (Daily Mail).
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Tuchel reportedly values Barry as a part of his Chelsea coaching team
According to The Athletic’s Chelsea correspondent Johnson had a conversation with Barry and Edwards to reassure their roles.
“I think [Barry] is a highly-valued member of the old regime,” Johnson told The Athletic’s Straight Outta Cobham podcast.
“The impression I got was that Tuchel wanted to speak to Barry and Edwards to fine-tune their roles to reassure them.
“That conversation had a big say in Barry’s staying at Chelsea.
“It must have been quite tempting to start a managerial career with Fleetwood to certainly go to the next level, but he’s made quite a big impact in a short amount of time at Chelsea.
“Defensive record has improved, and he’s a very vocal character and I think Tuchel likes that.”
Johnson also added that the Chelsea board’s wanting to have “some semblance of continuity” amid the managerial transition is a big factor in Edwards’ staying at Chelsea.