Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the reasons behind Tottenham’s opposition to the appointment of Steve Holland as England assistant manager last season.

As Standard Sport reported in November, Spurs were the only club to raise an objection to Holland taking up a role alongside Gareth Southgate in the England setup, particularly as the 47-year-old opted to split his time between Chelsea and the Three Lions.

Holland subsequently joined the England staff permanently at the end of Chelsea’s title-winning season but Spurs boss Pochettino suggested that his dislike of the coach extends back further than last season.

Pochettino puts the hostility down to the events of the ‘Battle of Stamford Bridge’ on May 2 2016, when a Chelsea side managed by Guus Hiddink overcame a two-goal deficit to secure the draw that ended Tottenham’s title hopes and handed the crown to Leicester City.

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“Chelsea have an assistant who also works for the international team,” Pochettino wrote, according to the Daily Mail. “He should set an example. He certainly did no such thing that day. The way he looked at us as they piled on the pressure, or the way he came over to our bench to celebrate Chelsea’s goals was not right, unnecessary.

“When I saw that assistant soon after at our training ground, which the national team was using, I made my feelings very clear to him.

“Given England’s financial muscle, it doesn’t make sense for it not to have its own coaching staff and use club coaches instead. It was something that drove Nicola Cortese [former Southampton executive chairman] up the wall.”

Though Pochettino does not directly name the assistant in the passage he can only be referring to Holland, assistant to Roberto Di Matteo, Rafael Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Hiddink and Conte.

Source: https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/mauricio-pochettino-reveals-why-tottenham-didnt-want-steve-holland-to-coach-england-and-chelsea-a3672286.html