Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel confirms intentions to raid Chelsea for highly-rated backroom staff

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Chelsea face a fight to keep assistant manager Anthony Barry who was part of the Champions League winning team.

New Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel has confirmed talks are on-going to be reunited with Chelsea’s assistant manager Anthony Barry in Bavaria.

Tuchel left Stamford Bridge in September but was always going to land a new job with Bayern Munich sacking the young but promising Julian Nagelsmann for the more proven winner and former Chelsea boss.

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During Tuchel’s time as Chelsea boss, he formed a brilliant working relationship with Anthony Barry who stayed behind to help Graham Potter even after the German manager was brutally fired by the new Chelsea owners.

Tuchel’s two assistants Arno Michels and Zsolt Low who have worked with him for the last 10 years have already been assembled for the Munich job but it remains to be seen if Athony Barry will give up his role at Chelsea for the one in Munich.

“The timing was surprising, I didn’t expect it and there was no contact beforehand. I assumed that I would continue my career abroad,” Tuchel told reporters after he was confirmed as new Bayern boss.

“The first interview was on Tuesday evening. The size of the challenge was the deciding factor.

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“My coaching staff wasn’t prepared either, so a big thank you to their families for their flexibility.

“Arno Michels and Zsolt Low, who have been working with me for over ten years, will be there.  “We’re hoping to add Anthony Barry, who is currently at Chelsea.”

Anthony Barry joined Chelsea during the Frank Lampard’s era and struck a good working relationship with Tuchel, playing a pivotal role in the Champions League winning campaign.

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