Southgate delighted with Holland appointment

Antonio Conte has expressed his disappointment at Steve Holland planning to leave Chelsea

Antonio Conte has expressed his disappointment at Steve Holland planning to leave Chelsea

Chelsea coach Steve Holland has been appointed as the assistant to England manager Gareth Southgate, the Football Association has announced.

Holland has initially been appointed on a part-time basis and the contract will become permanent when he leaves his role with Chelsea at the end of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

England boss Gareth Southgate added Holland to his Under-21s coaching staff in 2013, and hailed the importance of extending their partnership with the senior side.

Holland, who is now Chelsea's assistant first-team coach, had been working under Southgate on an interim basis following the sacking of Sam Allardyce in September.

The 46-year-old will remain with Chelsea alongside his global duties until the end of the season, when he will become full-time with England.

The FA's bosses have negotiated a compromise deal to prise Holland away from Stamford Bridge, where he remains highly regarded by manager Antonio Conte and the club hierarchy.

Holland has been appointed as England's assistant manager and will leave in the summer
Holland has been appointed as England's assistant manager and will leave in the summer

"Steve is somebody I worked with for the U21s for the last three years, through those two successful qualifying campaign and the success in Toulon".

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

The Englishman has been part of Chelsea's backroom staff since 2009 when he first took over the Reservers, later becoming the assistant coach of ex-Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas in 2011.

"Steve is a very good professional and is helping me a lot here".

"Now, I think for Steve it's better to be focussed on this season because this season is very important for us", Antonio Conte said.

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