Anthony Barry

Assistant Coach

Former Wigan Athletic coach Anthony Barry was appointed as part of the Chelsea backroom team ahead of last season and has since taken up a part-time role on the Republic of Ireland coaching staff.

As a player, Barry enjoyed a lengthy career as a hard-working midfielder in the Football League which included two spells at Accrington Stanley, winning the National League title in 2006.

He also spent time with Yeovil, helping the Glovers reach the League One play-off final in 2007 where they were defeated by Blackpool.

An 18-month spell at Chester followed for Barry, before then signing for rivals Wrexham. However, he left the Welsh side a week later without making an appearance to join Fleetwood. He helped the Cod Army earn back-to-back promotions to reach the Football League in 2012, playing alongside Jamie Vardy who ended the season as top scorer and secured a move to Leicester City.

After departing Fleetwood, Barry spent time with Forest Green Rovers before returning to Accrington, initially on loan, and then Wrexham.

When injury interrupted his playing career in his mid-twenties, Barry began focusing on coaching during his time at Accrington Stanley and soon made an impression on the profession, rising rapidly through the levels.