Chelsea Coach Holland Confirmed
As anticipated Gareth Southgate this week confirmed the appointment of Chelsea coach Steve Holland to his England backroom staff.
Having worked with Southgate with the U21 side previously it was seemingly inevitable Holland would follow him into a permanent position with the senior side - sure enough he'll act as his assistant manager.
A delighted Southgate told the FA.com:
'I am delighted to have Steve as my assistant manager. We have worked very closely for three years and I have the upmost respect for the way that he works, his professionalism and the detail of his preparation.'
Southgate went on to say he was pleased with the progress the pair had made with the U21 team with him looking for them to do the same in the years ahead at senior level.
The England manager added the fact Holland has been coaching world-class talent at Chelsea day in day out will stand him - and us - in good stead:
'Our aim at the start was to encourage a young England team to play in a certain style and to develop a winning mentality, and I think we certainly got a long way down the road to doing that with the U21s. The challenge with the seniors is a greater one but Steve's experience of working with elite players and coaches at Chelsea means he knows what a world-class team needs to look like.'
Holland will initially work with England on a part time basis until the end of the season when he'll then leave Premier League leaders Chelsea to take up this post with the Three Lions full time.
Thanking Chelsea for allowing Holland to work with him previously Southgate finished by saying how he was happy to wait until the summer to get the 46 year old on board permanently:
'I'd like to thank Chelsea for allowing Steve to join up with us over the last three years. It's great that Steve is able to work with us on the March camp but getting him on a full-time basis is very important and I was more than prepared to wait until May for that to happen. If we want to be successful then we have to employ the best people and, for me, Steve is the best.'
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