CHELSEA MANAGER Thomas Tuchel has highly praised Anthony Barry, Ireland's new assistant coach.
It was recently confirmed that Anthony Barry will replace Damien Duff on Stephen Kenny's coaching staff ahead of Ireland's upcoming World Cup qualifying matches.
Barry is also a first-team coach at Chelsea, and will continue to work with the London club as well as with Ireland.
When asked by The42.ie, Tuchel couldn't wait to speak highly of Barry, saying that Ireland can be "very happy" with the acquisition.
He said: "You are very lucky: a top coach will join you and your coaching staff. We didn’t know him before, he was already here under Frank, but from the first moment he was a big part of our coaching team. He’s a fantastic guy with a fantastic character, very open and friendly."
Tuchel recently took over as Chelsea boss after Frank Lampard was sacked, and has impressed since doing so.
This high praise of Barry comes shortly after footballer Jack Byrne spoke highly of the work he did when the two were together at Wigan.
Speaking of Barry, Byrne said: "He was very good to me when I was there. He’s a really good coach."
In less positive news, Ireland were recently handed a fresh injury blow as it was confirmed on Thursday night that goalkeeper Darren Randolph will miss the upcoming matches.