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Holland to take role at Chelsea

Steve Holland
Holland (right) spent 16 months as manager of Crewe Alexandra

Steve Holland is set to leave his role as academy manager at Stoke City to manage the reserve side at Chelsea, reports BBC Radio Stoke.

The 39-year-old has spent five months at the Britannia Stadium.

Holland managed Crewe Alexandra between June 2007 and November 2008, having previously spent more than a decade as the club's academy director.

He will begin his new role at Stamford Bridge, working alongside new Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, on Thursday.

Holland has been credited with nurturing the likes of Dean Ashton, Rob Hulse, Danny Murphy and Seth Johnson through the ranks at the Alexandra Stadium.

Meanwhile, Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has told BBC Radio Stoke that Brian Kidd has held talks with manager Tony Pulis about becoming the club's new assistant.

Brian Kidd
Kidd assisted Paul Hart at Portsmouth towards the end of last season

Pulis has reshuffled his backroom team during the summer, with former number two Dave Kemp taking on a scouting role.

"He and Tony have held talks, but I can't say any more at this stage," said Coates.

"He's a good football man and well thought of in the game, but let's wait and see what happens. We'll wait until an appointment is made."

Coates added that Gerry Francis, who coached the team on a part-time basis last season, could return in the same capacity for the Potters' second campaign in the Premier League.

"I'm keen that Tony has a good team around him because it's important for the football club," he stated.



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