Steve Holland

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Steve Holland
Steve Holland in 2009
0Full Name Steve Holland
0Date of Birth 30 April 1970
0Place of Birth Derby, England
0Chelsea career 2009-
0Role Assistant First
Team Coach
0Previous Roles Reserve Team Manager
0Other clubs Crewe Alexandra
Stoke City

Steve Holland (born 30 April 1970) is an Assistant First Team Coach at Chelsea, having been promoted to the role in June 2011. Holland joined the club in August 2009 from Stoke City, and managed the Reserve Team prior to his promotion.

Before Chelsea

Steve's playing career, which took in Derby County and Bury before spells in Sweden and the English non-league, was ended by injury in the late 1980s, with retirement enforced by the age of 21. Having decided to go into coaching, he settled at Crewe Alexandra, where he had been a schoolboy, and would work under Dario Gradi.

Working as a youth coach at Gresty Road, Holland would eventually oversee the development of a number of talented youngsters, including Dean Ashton and Danny Murphy. He became Academy Director and passed his UEFA Pro License before becoming the club's Manager in July 2007, replacing the retiring Gradi. He would also remain as Academy Director, but struggled to make an impact and within eighteen months Gradi was back in charge. Steve left Crewe in December 2009, to join Stoke City as manager of their youth academy.

Chelsea career

Just eight months into his spell at Stoke, Steve moved to Chelsea to replace Paul Clement as Reserve Team Manager.1 In his first season at the club, Holland used 42 players in competitive Reserve Team fixtures, and assisted in the development of a number of youngsters who would go on to make first-team debuts at the club, chief amongst them Gael Kakuta and Jeffrey Bruma. Holland's second season as Reserve Team Manager was a notable success; he won the Premier Reserve League with victory over Blackburn Rovers in the national final.

Following the arrival of André Villas-Boas in June 2011 Holland was promoted to the role of Assistant First Team Coach, and he retained the position under Roberto Di Matteo.

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