We all love to laugh at Tottenham, but this one's more in the annoying rather than amusing category. According to the Evening Standard's Simon Johnson,
Sours Spurs are the only team — the only one of the 19 other Premier League teams — to object to Steve Holland potentially continuing in his dual role as assistant Chelsea and England coach.
The #Cfc and #thfc rivalry takes a new twist as #thfc express concerns over Steve Holland joining England set-up https://t.co/CbWD300rJz— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) November 23, 2016
Holland has been fulfilling what is essentially a part-time job of assistant coach to Gareth Southgate since 2013, first with the England U21s, then, since Sam Allardyce's sacking, with the senior national team in an interim capacity. While Southgate has not yet been offered the permanent job officially, it's widely assumed that he will be the next England manager, presumably with his current staff continuing in their roles.
According to last week's reports, Holland's potential permanent dual role had raised concerns about competitive advantage (Chelsea could know "inside information" regarding fitness or some such) but if this latest report is true, it's only Spurs who have decided to be annoying.
We also heard reports last week that Chelsea would not stand in the way of Holland's ambitions if he were forced to choose and decided to go with country over club. But given his long service to Chelsea, we'd probably prefer him to stay ... and also get to do his England honors.