Holland proud of Blues promotion

Holland was this week promoted from reserve-team coach to a more

senior role, where he will work as part of former Porto manager

Villas-Boas’ new-look backroom team. Roberto Di Matteo, Jose Mario

Rocha and Daniel Sousa have been drafted in by Villas-Boas to work

with existing goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon and Holland,

who says he is excited by the prospect of Chelsea under their new

leadership structure. “It has been as strange week,” he told the

club’s official website. “This time last week I was in Spain with

my family and Andre called me, asking whether I would like to be

involved with the first-team staff for next season. “Half a second

later I said yes and was on the way home. I spent most of last

weekend in a hotel with Andre going through his philosophy and his

ideas. “It’s something I’m very proud to have been asked to do and

I’m excited and looking forward to helping Andre and supporting the

team. “If I’m honest that is also balanced with an element of

sadness. At any football club when there is change and staff

members go, especially if you’ve had a good relationship, it is sad

to see people go, so all things considered it has been a really

strange week.” Holland guided the reserves to the national

championship last season playing a brand of exciting, attacking

football, which the former Crewe coach believes the first team will

be embracing under Villas-Boas. “Going back right down to my

childhood, I was inspired by the Brazilians of 1982,” he added. “I

was 12 then, but remember that World Cup with Zico, Serginho,

Socrates, Falcao. “Even before then the Dutch team of the mid-70s,

and I grew up on the legend of those players, so I’ve always been

inspired by that type of football. “Coming here a couple of years

ago, the development teams play with that philosophy, the reserves

did last year and Andre is exactly the same so it is a good fit.”