Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admitted the future of his assistant Steve Holland remains uncertain beyond the current campaign.

On Thursday England named Gareth Southgate as their new manager on a full-time basis and the former Middlesbrough manager has requested that Holland be appointed as his number two.

Holland has worked with the U21’s and alongside Southgate during his four-game stint in charge of the national team whilst continuing his duties as the Italian’s assistant at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea boss Conte said he is very happy with Holland’s application but insisted the ball lies firmly in the FA’s court.

England interim manager Gareth Southgate (left) with coach Steve Holland during a training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre, London. Adam Davy/PA Wire.

He said: “The situation is clear - Steve is one of my assistants and he is working well. I’m very happy for his commitment, attitude and work rate.

“He is a great help then I don’t know what happens in the future, this matter is for the FA. But for now, I’m pleased to have him”

Holland joined the club back in 2009 and began coaching the reserves before becoming an assistant manager to Andre Villas-Boas back in 2011 and has reprised his role under several different regimes.

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