English Premiership

Chelsea's Steve Holland to join England set-up

2016-12-22 13:48
Steve Holland.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Long-time Chelsea coach Steve Holland will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season to become England’s permanent assistant manager.

Holland has been working alongside new England boss Gareth Southgate since 2013 after the pair took charge of the national team’s Under-21 side.

The 46-year-old joined Southgate on an interim basis when he was initially appointed as England caretaker in October, but now the FA have negotiated a compensation deal with Chelsea for him to leave the Premier League leaders full-time at the end of the season.

It brings to an end Holland’s seven-year spell at Chelsea, where he has been one of the few constants in the backroom team and was highly-regarded by current boss Antonio Conte.

Southgate said: "Obviously Steve is somebody that I have worked with for the last three years, through those two successful [U21] qualifying campaigns, through the victory in Toulon.

"He is a coach who has won every trophy there is to win at club level.

"I could not be bringing somebody in with more experience, he has worked with five or six of the top managers in the world in his time at Chelsea.

"We have developed a way of working, and our personalities and our strengths complement each other really well, so to be able to bring Steve in as assistant manager is a crucial appointment for me."

Chelsea, who have gone on an 11-game winning streak next welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.

Kick off is at 17:00.

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