Chelsea first team coach Anthony Barry has joined the Republic of Ireland coaching set-up ahead of the beginning of the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign in March. 

Barry - who will remain in his role at Chelsea, linking up with the Ireland squad during international windows - has been named assistant coach, the same role that Damien Duff vacated at the start of the year.

"I'm delighted to join the Republic of Ireland coaching staff ahead of the start of the FIFA 2022 World Cup campaign," said Anthony Barry.

"The opportunity to work in international football is something I'm thoroughly looking forward to and I'm looking forward to working with manager Stephen Kenny, his staff and the squad. I'd also like to thank Chelsea for helping facilitate this opportunity."

Manager Stephen Kenny welcomed the appointment, hailing Barry as an "innovative" and "energetic" coach.

"I'd like to welcome Anthony to the Republic of Ireland team, he is an innovative coach with an energetic style and is someone I have been aware of for a few years now."

"The skillset Anthony brings will complement the existing coaching team and I look forward to him joining up in March ahead of the World Cup qualifiers."

The 34-year-old Liverpudlian joined the Chelsea coaching staff before the 2020-21 season, having been recruited by recently departed manager Frank Lampard. 

Barry was previously first team coach of Wigan Athletic, working under former Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook, during which time the club secured the League One title in 2017-18.