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Chelsea coach Steve Holland has been recruited into the England Under-21 set-up to assist new boss Gareth Southgate.

Holland is the assistant first-team coach at Stamford Bridge and began his coaching career under Dario Gradi at Crewe, where he spent 17 years before joining Chelsea in 2009 after a spell at Stoke.

Holland will link up with Southgate for the qualifiers against Moldova and Finland as the new boss prepares to take charge of his first matches.

"I'm delighted that we will have the input and experience of someone of Steve's calibre joining us for these two games," Southgate said.

"He brings a great knowledge of coaching, working with some of the very best young players over a long period of time. I was keen to bring in someone who has a wealth of experience in youth development, as Steve does, with both Crewe and Chelsea.

"But it's also significant he has worked with players at the highest level inan elite field. Indeed in recent years, he has worked with a group of players who have won FA Cups, Premier League titles and the UEFA Champions League.

"I must also thank Jose Mourinho for his support in Steve coming into the set-up. To have not only the consent, but also encouragement and backing of Chelsea is very important to us."

Holland revealed his excitement at the prospect of helping to develop a new generation of England players.

He said: "The international break at Chelsea is always a very quiet period as we have so many players away representing their countries and often only three or four players remain at Cobham, so Jose Mourinho was very happy for me to be involved and very supportive.

"I met Gareth Southgate this week and we spoke about plans for the England Under-21 team and the FA are looking forward with Roy Hodgson and the England senior side.

"We spoke about the type of player they are looking to select going forwards, the playing style that the FA are looking to apply across all the national teams now and I was very impressed.

"I think it is an exciting time to be involved as I believe there is a strong will within the FA to try to improve the development of our young players, and I am very excited to be asked to be involved."

The England Under-21 team begin their qualification campaign towards Euro 2015 at Reading's Madejski Stadium on September 5 against Moldova and then travel to Finland four days later.

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Wow....great news for Stevie, great news for Chelsea and great news for England.

Really out of the blue but fantastic news and it reflects well on both Steve and the club. It's also a fantastically progressive move by The FA to appoint someone who has a great track record and comes from a club who have a fantastic youth development setup.


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Great, great news, Steve must be thrilled. However, will it be only for the two games? Then over?

The Football Association has announced that Steve Holland will assist new England Under-21 head coach Gareth Southgate for two upcoming European Under-21 Championship qualifiers.

I hope their cooperation will keep going after that.

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2 hours ago, DavidEU said:

1. What the fuck so they expect Lollichon to be doing if he's not training the goalkeepers? Just get rid of him!

I think the management probably have in the back of their mind that Conte will probably be here for 2-3 seasons at best, as is usually the case, after which he'd probably take the new goalkeeping coach with him (still haven't memorized his name) and they realize that Lollichon is the better of the two and would like to still have him here after Conte leaves.

That and probably we don't want him to join Petr at Arsenal. 

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2 hours ago, DavidEU said:

1. What the fuck so they expect Lollichon to be doing if he's not training the goalkeepers? Just get rid of him!

2. Didn't we already know Steve Holland was staying on?

Maybe after so many years with so many good managers he can be assistant ? Rui Faria was just a fitness coach for Jose but now he is his right-hand and someone Jose says could land big job immediately if he would want to leave.

I hope he stays away from TBO though.

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