Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believes it is a “pity” that Steve Holland will leave his post as assistant manager at the end of the season - but understands his reasons.
Holland was confirmed as part of Gareth Southgate’s backroom staff as the new England manager sets about manufacturing a coaching team around him.
Conte said the opportunity to coach your national side comes along once in your career, something he knows about having being in charge of Italy, and for this reason understands why he has chosen to leave his role at Stamford Bridge.
However, the Italian said it was important that the former Chelsea player turned coach remains focused on the second-half of the season as the Blues look to turn their Christmas number one status into a title triumph.
He said: “Now, I think also for Steve, it's better to be focused on this season because this season is very important for us, and Steve is a very good professional and is helping me a lot with my experience at Chelsea. He has great experience with this club.
“It's a pity to lose him. I must be honest, and it's a pity. But, also, I can understand his choice. This type of situation can arrive only once in the life, to be a coach or assistant coach of your national team and your country”
Conte did state that he was unsure whether he would look to replace Holland at the end of this season, whilst saying he had “great staff” already in place with him.
He added: “It’s a pity because I work very well with him. I have great staff, there is a great family spirit with us and in the future we will see.”
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