Chelsea are negotiating a “compensation payment” as Thomas Tuchel gets his wish.
After being dismissed by Chelsea in September, Thomas Tuchel has returned to Bayern Munich.
Chelsea appear to be losing their struggle to keep Anthony Barry, with negotiations for a ‘compensation payment’ with the fitness coach seeking to rejoin Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich allegedly begun. The German had been unemployed since being fired by Chelsea only days after the summer transfer window closed in September.
He is currently back in command, having been hired by Bayern to succeed Julian Nagelsmann. Tuchel has wasted little time in enraging his former employees, saying at his introduction that he wanted to bring in Barry from Chelsea.
“My coaching staff wasn’t prepared either, so I appreciate their families’ adaptability,” he said. “Arno Michels and Zsolt Low, two of my long-term collaborators, will be there.” We hope to sign Anthony Barry, who is currently at Chelsea.”
Tuchel’s public statement about wanting to take Barry from the coaching staff was alleged to have ‘disappointed’ Chelsea. But, they appear to have given up on keeping Barry, with Bild suggesting that the coach is pressing to join Tuchel.
Chelsea and Bayern Munich are rumored to be discussing a “compensation payment.” Chelsea has not been asked for Barry’s services for the first time, with the coach a target for several clubs.
There is also conjecture that the 36-year-old, who spent his playing career in the EFL, may one day take over as manager. Barry joined Chelsea’s coaching staff during Frank Lampard’s reign, and will join the club in the summer of 2020.
He has also worked on the Republic of Ireland and Belgium national teams on a part-time basis. In the latter job, Barry has collaborated with Roberto Martinez, and he will do so again with Portugal.
Chelsea and Tuchel could yet meet before the season’s finish. If both Bayern Munich and Chelsea win their respective quarter-final matches in the Champions League, the two teams will play in the competition’s semi-finals.
Tuchel led Chelsea to Champions League glory three years ago and admitted that the club’s decision to fire him at the start of the season left him “devastated.”