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Chelsea ‘headhunt’ new coaching addition Anthony Barry from Wigan Athletic — report

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Highly rated young coach to join the Chelsea first-team

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We’re not going to pretend to know much, if anything about Anthony Barry other than the basic facts, but according to multiple reports, the Wigan Athletic coach is set to join Frank Lampard’s first-team coaching staff at Chelsea.

The move is being labeled as a “shock”, but with the Latics in disarray due to financial problems and a subsequent relegation due to the double whammy of a 12-point penalty for going into administration, it’s hardly surprising that their best assets are jumping ship.

Barry, just 34, came up in the Everton youth system before spending a dozen years in the lower reaches of the pyramid with the likes of Yeovil and Fleetwood. Since retiring from playing in 2017, he’s gone into coaching, and has become a “highly rated” young coach with a “huge reputation” under manager Paul Cook at Wigan. Cook resigned last month after three years in charge.

None of the reports shed any light on what was Barry’s specific role at Wigan and what might be his specific role at Chelsea, but he certainly fits the theme of young players and coaches learning on the job to become great.

Barry did work with Chelsea loanees Reece James and Dujon Sterling at Wigan, which probably didn’t hurt things, and Lampard did lose one staff member halfway through last season when Eddie Newton struck out on his own (and has since won a Cup with Trabzonspor before being appointed their new head coach).

As pointed out by @chelseayouth, Barry was also part of a UEFA coaching course / meeting of the minds with Frank Lampard and Jody Morris (and a few others including Juan Carlos Osorio) not that long ago.