Tottenham Hotspur are the only Premier League club objecting to Chelsea coach Steve Holland taking over as England’s assistant manager, according to a report.
The 46-year-old is said to have been earmarked by manager-in-waiting Gareth Southgate to join his Three Lions coaching staff after being granted permission by the Blues to continue in the dual role.
However, The Sun claims Spurs are unhappy that Holland could receive inside information on their English players’ fitness and abilities and have therefore blocked the move.
It is suggested that Tottenham fear the Chelsea chief may potentially pass the information on to his club side when he returns to duty, granting their London rivals an unfair advantage.
Given no other Premier League team have objected, Spurs’ stance has surprised Chelsea.
The two clubs are fierce rivals and face each other at Stamford Bridge on Saturday for the first time since a controversial 2-2 draw in May when 12 yellow cards were shown and both fined heavily for their conduct by the FA.
Chelsea are still waiting for an official approach from the FA, however, Holland has made it clear he is fully focused on helping the club maintain their strong start to the season and will not be distracted by the speculation over his future.