Steve Holland to join England staff on permanent basis

Chelsea coach will begin full-time role commencing at end of Premier League season

Wednesday 21 Dec 2016
Holland has been working with the Three Lions since 2013

Steve Holland has been appointed as England's assistant manager, The FA has confirmed.

The 46-year-old, who is currently Chelsea’s assistant first-team coach, will work with England for the upcoming fixtures against Germany and Lithuania in March, before joining The FA on a full-time basis at the end of the 2016-17 Premier League season. 

Holland has worked closely with Gareth Southgate since 2013, initially with the Under-21s and more recently with the senior Three Lions squad on an interim basis during October and November 2016.

I am delighted to have Steve as my assistant manager
- Gareth Southgate
Holland's coaching CV includes a winners' medals in major domestic and European club competitions, having been part of the Chelsea squad that lifted the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup in 2012, the UEFA Europa League in 2013 and the Premier League and League Cup in 2015.

Southgate said: "I am delighted to have Steve as my assistant manager. We have worked very closely for three years and I have upmost respect for the way that he works, his professionalism and the detail of his preparation.

"Our aim at the start was to encourage a young England team to play in a certain style and to develop a winning mentality; 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 worked as a coach during Southgate's spell as interim manager

Southgate continued: "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."

The FA can also confirm that Martyn Margetson will continue as England goalkeeping coach. The former Wales coach joined the Three Lions set-up in August and has been retained by Southgate with gratitude to his permanent employers, Cardiff City. 

By Jim Lucas