Chelsea suffer blow as Antonio Conte’s assistant manager agrees to leave the Blues for the England National Team

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Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland has been announced as Gareth Southgate’s number two for the England National Team, report the FA.

The Blues poached Holland from the Stoke City academy in 2009. He was named manager of the Chelsea reserve manager, and won the Premier Reserve League two years later – the first time Chelsea had done so since 1994.

He was promoted into the role of assistant first-team coach when Andre Villas-Boas took the reigns at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2011. He remained in the position under the stewardship of Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Antonio Conte.

He was initially appointed as assistant manager to Southgate on an interim basis after Sam Allardyce’s resignation. Southgate’s position at the helm has since been made permanent, and he has got his wish to keep Holland with him.

It is a blow for Chelsea, has Holland has overseen so much success during his time at the club. Antonio Conte will now be left without an assistant in the summer.

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