Tottenham make formal complaint about Chelsea senior figure - report
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham are the only club to formally object to Chelsea coach Steve Holland being appointed to the England backroom staff, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claim that Spurs are worried that Holland “will have inside knowledge on their players’ fitness and abilities which he can pass on to his colleagues at Chelsea”.
Gareth Southgate is expected to be imminently confirmed as the new England manager and he is keen to appoint Holland as his number two.
It is said that Chelsea hope “Holland continues in both roles but will not stand in his way if he joins the England set-up for good”.
The 46-year-old coach has worked alongside Southgate with England Under-21s since 2013 and helped the former Middlesbrough boss during his recent four‑game spell as interim manager of the national side.
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Tottenham and Chelsea are bitter rivals and go head to head in the Premier League on Saturday, in a 5.30pm kick-off at Stamford Bridge.
News of Spurs’ complaint comes just hours after they crashed out of their Champions League with one match of the group stages remaining.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost 2-1 against Monaco in France on Tuesday night after being comprehensively outplayed by the home side.
It means that the best Tottenham are unable to overhaul Monaco or Bayer Leverkusen in the top two spots and the best the Londoners can now hope for is to secure third place in their group and qualify for the Europa League knockout stages after Christmas.
Spurs are fifth in the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s clash and will narrow the gap on leaders Chelsea to just one point if they triumph at Stamford Bridge.
In other Tottenham news, these are the Spurs player ratings for their 2-1 defeat to Monaco on Tuesday.