The man currently steering the Three Lions through World Cup 2018 campaign is relatively inexperienced when it comes to life in the dugout at the very highest level.
Southgate is, however, being backed to be a resounding success, with his assistant manager of the opinion that the 47-year-old boasts many of the qualities which have delivered silverware aplenty to some of the biggest names in the game.
"I worked with Mourinho, I worked with [Carlo] Ancelotti, I worked with [Rafa] Benitez, Conte...it was an incredible environment.
"All of the managers I worked for had different qualities, different strengths and different weaknesses, but they were all the same in that they were totally single-minded. Very, very clear on how they wanted things to be done.
"Gareth is very clear on what he wants and has been right from the start."
Southgate’s ambition helped to lure Holland away from Stamford Bridge, with a stable position given up in order to join the international ranks.
He maintains that it was an easy decision to link up with England, despite having enjoyed considerable success with a club side that savoured domestic and European triumphs during his time on the touchline.
Holland, speaking ahead of a crunch clash with Panama on Sunday, added: "I loved working for Chelsea. It's the most exciting club in the world, never a dull moment.
"In the six years I worked with the first team, I experienced a World Club Championship final, a Champions League final, a Europa League final, an FA Cup final, a Capital One Cup final, two successful Premier League title run-ins.
"Why did I leave? Because of this. To be at a World Cup with England, wow."