Exclusive: Chelsea in last-ditch move to stop coach quitting for EFL club
Chelsea are trying to persuade Anthony Barry to snub the Fleetwood job and remain on Thomas Tuchel’s coaching staff, Football Insider can reveal.
Barry has been offered the job by Fleetwood and the chance to become the permanent successor to Joey Barton.
A source has told Football Insider Chelsea have made a last-ditch move to keep hold of Barry.
They rate him highly as a coach and Tuchel wants him in his backroom team.
This site broke the news on Thursday Barry was sent to replace caretaker manager Simon Wiles at his former club.
The 34-year-old moved to Chelsea in the summer from Wigan Athletic and took first-team training on Monday after Frank Lampard’s dismissal.
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Earlier this month Lampard had waxed lyrical to the Chelsea website about Barry’s impact especially for his work on set-pieces.
Chelsea have scored 15 goals from set-pieces in the Premier League this season – the joint third-highest number in the division.
Barry spent four seasons as a player with Fleetwood and helped the club rise from the National League North to League Two.
Wiles has been in charge of Fleetwood since Barton left the club at the beginning of the month following a bust-up with Ched Evans.
Barton said in December the striker would not play for the club again and has since moved to Preston North End on loan.
Fleetwood have not won since December 12 and are currently nine points off the play-offs in 14th place.
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