Conte's Chelsea Disappointment
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said he was disappointed at losing Steve Holland - well, actually it was a pity to lose his first team coach - to England after his appointment as Gareth Southgate's assistant manager.
As the former Italy manager Conte knows when your country comes calling it's difficult - if not impossible - to say no. Which was something he couldn't when the manager of Juventus and the Azzurri came for him.
Therefore as much as he was sad to lose Holland he understands the decision of the 46 year old.
Conte - speaking during his pre-Christmas conference - was quoted by the Metro as saying:
'It's a pity to lose him. But also I can understand him for this choice, because this type of situation can arrive only once in life, to be a coach or assistant coach of your national team or your country.'
Holland will of course remain on the Chelsea coaching staff until the end of the season before turning his part time work with England into a full time position when the 2016-17 campaign comes to an end.
The way things are going Holland could sign off by helping the Blues to another Premier League title.
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