Report: Chelsea set-piece specialist turns down Lampard's offer to join him at Everton
Chelsea coach Joe Edwards is expected to join Frank Lampard at Everton ahead of his imminent appointment as their new manager while Anthony Barry is set to stay, according to The Telegraph.
The report claims the Blues icon has agreed to become Everton’s new manager on Sunday and is currently drawing a list of potential staff who might join him at Goodison Park.
Edwards, who was previously the development squad head coach at Chelsea before stepping up to join the first team in July 2019, stayed at Chelsea after Lampard’s sacking and continues to work under Tuchel.
The Telegraph claims Edwards could take up the assistant manager role at Everton.
He is not the only Chelsea coach Lampard is reportedly interested in, however.
Barry, who is often described as the set-piece specialist among Chelsea’s coaching team, had been targeted by Lampard but decided to stay at Stamford Bridge, the report added.
Instead, Lampard will reportedly offer former Chelsea assistant-manager Paul Clement a spot in his backroom staff.
Chris Jones, who had worked with Lampard at Derby County and Chelsea, will also reportedly be in the former England international’s expected coaching team.
Many Blues fans will be pleased to hear about Barry’s reported decision to stay.
Tuchel has been very appreciative of Barry’s ‘brilliant’ work at Chelsea
Last year’s report from The Athletic claimed that Tuchel rated Barry very highly and even played a part in convincing the former Wigan Athletic coach to stay following Lampard’s departure.
When asked about Chelsea’s excellent set-piece record this season, Tuchel did not hide how important Barry’s work is to the team.
“Yes, we are very strong in set-pieces because Anthony Barry, our assistant, the team he uses, and our analysts are doing a brilliant job.,” the German told Chelsea TV in November.
“It’s as easy as that.
“They present and train set pieces at the highest level I’ve ever experienced – it’s fun to watch, and we’re grateful for that”
According to Opta (via Whoscored), the Blues have scored 10 goals from set-pieces in the Premier League this season (the second-highest) and conceded just three.