Report: Lampard could make fresh move to bring 35-year-old Chelsea coach to Everton this summer
Everton manager Frank Lampard is reportedly eyeing a move this summer for Chelsea coach Anthony Barry.
According to The Athletic, Lampard could make a fresh attempt to try raid his former club.
It is understood Everton’s boss would love to bring Chelsea’s assistant coach Barry to Goodison Park ahead of next season to improve his staff.
The report explains the Merseyside club failed to get the 35-year-old back in January, but could ask the question again in the summer.
Chelsea coach Anthony Barry
Barry, 35, is a coach that’s regarded as a set-piece specialist.
He works as an assistant at Stamford Bridge under Blues manager Thomas Tuchel, plus he’s got a part-time role at international level with Belgium. He previously worked with the Republic of Ireland, too.
The Liverpool-born coach reportedly turned down the chance to join Everton in the New Year when Lampard came calling. His resolve may be tested yet again this summer, though.
One of Everton’s major weaknesses this season has been in defending set-pieces, so it makes sense for them to be targeting a specialist in that field. It’s definitely one of the reasons they ended up in the thick of a relegation battle before surviving in the penultimate game of the season.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s new hierarchy need to ensure the top coaching staff stays at Stamford Bridge.
With Antonio Rudiger leaving this summer, Chelsea will need to slightly alter things when it comes to defending set pieces.
The powerhouse centre-back is usually so dominant in the air inside both penalty boxes, so it’s a slight concern that the Blues will be losing his presence.
Let’s hope some serious aerial threats are signed in the transfer window.