Why Chelsea could look to Holland if Sarri goes

Steve Holland is reportedly very much in contention to take over as Chelsea boss from Maurizio Sarri.

Sarri is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this week, with reports in his native Italy suggesting he is set to take over at Juventus as a replacement for the outgoing Max Allegri.

Sarri has led Chelsea back to the Champions League and ended his first season as boss with a trophy, with his team finishing the campaign in style by thrashing Arsenal 4-1 in last week’s Europa League final in Baku.

Despite repeatedly insisting he wanted to stay at Chelsea and would prefer to stay in England if axed by the Blues, Sarri appears set for a return to Serie A just a year after leaving Napoli.

Several managers have been linked with Chelsea, including the club’s all-time top scorer Frank Lampard, who recently led Derby County to the Championship play-off final, where they lost to Aston Villa.

Former France and Paris St-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has also been linked with the job and is said to be keen to take over.

But the Mail suggest Holland, who was previously on the coaching staff at Chelsea and is currently England boss Gareth Southgate’s right-man man, could be offered the Blues job because of his coaching experience.

With a transfer ban hanging over the club, Chelsea youngsters are expected to have a much bigger role next season.

And the Mail suggest Chelsea could therefore look to Holland to steer them through a tough period.

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