Anthony Barry – who Wolves and Sunderland wanted to hire in 2022 – could now join Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich.
What’s the story?
Well – according to talkSPORT – Wolves held talks with Barry about replacing Bruno Lage at Molineux back in October.
Sunderland also considered hiring the 36-year-old as a replacement for Alex Neil, according to The Sun.
Eventually, Wolves and Sunderland opted to appoint Julen Lopetegui and Tony Mowbray respectively as Barry decided to remain in his coaching role at Chelsea.
Now, the highly-rated member of Graham Potter’s backroom staff could be moving to Bayern Munich as part of a reunion with Tuchel.
Barry – who also balances his job at Stamford Bridge with a coaching role for Portugal – stayed behind to help Potter after Tuchel was sacked by Chelsea back in September.
However, the German is now set to make a dramatic return to management after Bayern Munich surprisingly decided to fire Julian Nagelsmann.
The Telegraph believe Barry is wanted by Tuchel for a role at the Allianz Arena, with Chelsea now facing a battle to keep the talented coach in west London.
Wolves & Sunderland interest speaks volumes about Barry
It is rare to see two clubs as big as Wolves and Sunderland both target someone with no managerial experience.
However, their interest just goes to show how talented Barry is.
The 36-year-old became the first student at England’s St George’s Park to have course research published as an academic journal, and it speaks volumes that someone as esteemed as Tuchel is desperate to work with him again.
Wolves and Sunderland eventually found two fantastic managerial options in Lopetegui and Mowbray, but they should definitely keep an eye on Barry’s development.
If he ever expresses a desire to get into management, Wolves or Sunderland should explore the opportunity again – depending on their situations at that moment in time.
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