Steve Holland (footballer)

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Steve Holland
Steve Holland 2015.jpg
Steve Holland standing with Jose Mourinho before the UEFA 2013 Super Cup Final.
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-04-30) 30 April 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth Stockport, England
Club information
Current team
Chelsea (First Team Coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Derby County 0 (0)
1988–1989 Bury 0 (0)
1991 Northwich Victoria 18 (3)
Teams managed
2007–2008 Crewe Alexandra
2009–2011 Chelsea Reserves
2011–2017 Chelsea (assistant manager)
2013–2017 England U21 (assistant manager)
2015 Chelsea (caretaker manager)
2016– England (assistant manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Steve Holland (born 30 April 1970) is an English football coach who is currently assistant first team coach at Chelsea. Holland is also Assistant Manager to Gareth Southgate with the full England team.

Playing career[edit]

As a schoolboy, Holland progressed through the academy at Derby County until his late teens, when, after a bad injury, he was told that he would not be kept on. He had short stints playing professional football for Bury and for Husqvarna ff of Sweden and semi-pro for Northwich Victoria but, aged 21, Holland decided to go into coaching.

Coaching career[edit]

Holland was appointed as a youth coach at Crewe Alexandra in 1992, aged 22 by Dario Gradi, who had coached Holland as a schoolboy. Holland had successfully completed the FA Full Coaching Licence aged 22, one of the youngest recipients of the coaching award . Holland went on to work at the club for 17 years working with young players of every age in the clubs highly successful youth Academy. Holland slowly made his way through the coaching ranks at Crewe before becoming the club's Academy Director. Holland also had a spell as first team coach during the clubs successful period in the Championship.

At the start of the 2006–07 season, Gradi revealed that Holland would be involved more in the first team set-up for the season. On 20 April 2007, it was announced by the football club that Gradi would be taking up a new role as Technical Director on 1 July 2007 while Holland would be promoted to the role of First-Team Coach, whilst keeping his job as Academy Director. Gradi revealed that Holland was the "right man" to eventually replace him and that the move was a "gradual transition".

In July 2007 Holland completed the UEFA English Pro Licence coaching award and went on to complete the LMA-PFA Certificate in applied Management at Warwick University in 2009.

The move meant that Holland's role at the club was much nearer to being a manager rather than a coach. He left this role on 18 November 2008 and was replaced by former manager Dario Gradi, after which he held talks with the club to decide his future there.[1]

However, in December 2008, it was reported that Holland would be leaving Crewe.[2] In March 2009, he was appointed manager of the youth academy at nearby Stoke City.[3]

On 12 August 2009, Holland was named the reserve team manager for Chelsea.[4] In May 2011 Holland won the Premier Reserve League beating Blackburn in the Play-Off Final at Stamford Bridge for the 1st time since 1994.

On 29 June 2011, it was announced that Holland would become assistant first team coach at Chelsea under new manager André Villas-Boas. When Villas-Boas was dismissed on 4 March 2012 and Roberto Di Matteo was appointed caretaker manager of Chelsea, Holland filled the role of assistant manager. He continued in this position under the interim manager Rafael Benítez In 2013 Holland continued in his role as assistant manager under Jose Mourinho until 2016. In December 2015 Holland was awarded the FA 1st Team Coach of the year award by the FA Coaches Association. In December 2015 Holland was appointed caretaker Manager for the Premier League fixture against Sunderland. In January 2016 Holland became Assistant Manager to Guus Hiddink for the remainder of the 2015–2016 season. In July 2016 Holland became Assistant to Antonio Conte.

In August 2013, Holland was appointed assistant manager to the new England Under 21s manager Gareth Southgate.[5] Following the appointment of Gareth Southgate as the caretaker of the England national football team on 27 September 2016, when Sam Allardyce resigned after one game due to an ongoing scandal,[6] Holland also became assistant manager for the senior level.


Chelsea Reserve
England U21


  1. ^ "Gradi replaces Holland at Crewe". BBC Sport. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  2. ^ "Holland will not return – Gradi". BBC Sport. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  3. ^ "Holland takes Stoke academy job". BBC Sport. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  5. ^ "Chelsea coach Steve Holland joins England Under-21 staff". Sky Sports. 
  6. ^ "Sam Allardyce: England manager leaves after one match in charge". BBC Sport. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.