'We need him': Some Chelsea fans upset about losing first-team coach Anthony Barry

A large proportion of Chelsea supporters were saddened by the news that Anthony Barry could be leaving his coaching role at Chelsea.

The Daily Mail reported that Fleetwood Town were targeting the 34-year-old as a managerial replacement for Joey Barton.

Barry was enlisted by Frank Lampard before the 2020/21 season got under away as part of his backroom staff.

Fans on social media did not take this development well, with some even struggling to put their disappointment into words.

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He enjoyed a highly productive playing career in the lower divisions, including a handful of spells with Fleetwood where he featured alongside Jamie Vardy.

His coaching status was raised after successfully assisting Paul Cook at Wigan Athletic for three years. The pair engineered a League 1 title and managed to avoid relegation from the Championship at the first attempt.

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Chelsea snapped up Barry’s services shortly after he left the Latics but it seems he is following in the footsteps of Lampard by exiting Stamford Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel took the place of Lampard after his sacking and understandably brought his own trusted contingent with him.

Two of Lampard’s closest disciples in Jody Morris and Chris Jones immediately withdrew from their roles but Barry, Joe Edwards and Henrique Hilario remained at Cobham.

Messages of gratitude have since been pouring in after it was announced Barry was close to joining the Cod Army, many highlighting what he did to improved Chelsea.

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Set-pieces was his area of expertise. The Blues have scored 15 Premier League goals from such positions, which is the joint third highest in the division.

Lampard also sung his praise, saying: “He’s very diligent, he pays so much attention to ourselves and the opposition in every part of the game, from what we do in the office, to studying opposition and working on the training field.” (Chelsea website)

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It now seems another piece of the Lampard puzzle has fallen away.

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It is a shame to see such a well-liked figure leave Chelsea but you can totally appreciate both sides of the argument.

Barry wants a stab at being the no.1 and Fleetwood represents a terrific opportunity to do so.

Tuchel has his own people who he trusts and I’m sure Barry wouldn’t want to feel he was intruding on their methods.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.