Jose Mourinho to retain first-team coach Steve Holland when he returns to Chelsea
Chelsea first-team coach Steve Holland will keep his job when, as widely expected, Jose Mourinho returns to the club.
The Special One is due to seal his Stamford Bridge second coming in the next few days. You don’t have to be into soccer betting to realise that the odds of 1/50 mean he is now nailed on to complete his comeback.
Holland was promoted to his position with the Blues’ first-team when Andre Villas Boas was appointed, and has worked alongside Roberto Di Matteo and Rafa Benitez.
While Roman Abramovich has proved willing to forgive and forget his past differences with Mourinho, he appears less keen on allowing the Portuguese manager to build a Mourinho mafia at the Bridge.
The Russian will allow the incoming manager to bring just two trusted lieutenants with him and will not approve wholesale changes to the backroom staff.
Fitness coach Rui Faria – infamously the man who allegedly wore a headset to help Mourinho circumvent a Champions League touchline ban – has followed Mourinho from União Leiria to Porto, Chelsea, Inter and most recently Real Madrid. He is now likely to return to the Premier League with his long-term boss.
Silvino Louro is the only other member of staff Mourinho is expected to appoint. Ostensibly a goalkeeping coach, Louro is likely to be tasked with a player liaison / dressing room spying role (depending on whether you want to put a positive or negative spin on things). Indeed, current Chelsea goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon is expected to keep his job, which suggests Louro will not be working directly with the keepers.
Both Fari and Louro were at Mourinho’s side as he watched the Championship play-off final on Monday.