Bayern Munich coach subject to interest from Irish FA

Bayern Munich coach Anthony Barry has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the head coach role of the Republic of Ireland’s senior team.
Bayern Munich coach Anthony Barry attracting interest from Irish FA.
Bayern Munich coach Anthony Barry attracting interest from Irish FA. / ANP/GettyImages

Bayern Munich worked diligently to set up the coaching staff for Thomas Tuchel when he arrived at the club in April. The Bavarian club has seen good results on the pitch this season courtesy of the work from Tuchel and his staff on the training ground. Bayern may now face a fight to keep one of the key members of the backroom staff at the club.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Republic of Ireland has shortlisted Bayern coach Anthony Barry as one of the leading candidates for the vacant head coach position of the first team. Die Roten will demand a compensation fee for Barry if the Irish FA is serious about hiring him.

Bayern had negotiated a compensation with Chelsea to sign Anthony Barry earlier this year. He particularly works on the set-piece routines with the first team. Bild believes that Barry will stay at Bayern since the Irish FA cannot afford to pay the compensation fee due to their dire financial situation.

Along with working at Bayern, Barry is also part of the backroom staff of Roberto Martinez at the Portuguese national team. Barry has previously worked with the Irish national team. He has gained vital experience by working at Chelsea and Bayern since leaving the Irish setup, so it is not surprising to see him become a leading contender to replace Stephen Kenny.

It remains to be seen if Barry is ready to relinquish two coaching roles to take up the first head coach role of his career. Bayern will ideally look to recoup the fee that they paid Chelsea for the signature of Barry in April, which was over €1 million.

Thomas Tuchel will be eager to keep Barry at Bayern since he fought for his signature in April. He has a big role to play in training, so losing him midway through the campaign will be a big blow for Tuchel.

Irish FA has time on their hand to sort this appointment since the next international break is in March. However, Die Roten will hope that Barry’s future is resolved one way or the other sooner rather than later. If Barry decides to take up this opportunity, Bayern will have to look for an adequate replacement.

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As things stand, Barry will be on the bench for Bayern when VfB Stuttgart visits Allianz Arena on Sunday. The Bavarian club is looking to get back to winning ways in the Bundesliga after suffering an astonishing 5-1 defeat away at Eintracht Frankfurt on matchday 14.