Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has expressed regret at Steve Holland’s decision to leave but understands his wish to be England assistant boss.
The 46-year-old has been at Chelsea since 2009 and a constant in the coaching set-up despite the managerial turnover.
“It’s a pity to lose him,” former Italy coach Conte said on Thursday. “But also I can understand him for this choice, because this type of situation can arrive only once in life, to be a coach or assistant coach of your national team or your country.
“For this reason, I understand him. It’s a pity because I’ve worked very well with him. For the future, it’s important to be focused on the present and work with this staff.
“I have a great staff, a fantastic staff. There is a great spirit, a family spirit, with them. In the future, we’ll see.”