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Bergkamp/Hermann's frustration/Torric confirmed

Bergkamp/Hermann's frustration/Torric confirmed

Martin Keown is a former Arsenal and England teammate of Tony Adams that our manager has confirmed he wants to add to his coaching team - but another that has been rumoured is Dennis Bergkamp and Adams has confirmed in The News that the Dutch legend is another he wants to talk to about joining the coaching team at Pompey.

Getting his coaching staff in place is something that he wants sooner rather than later, and if he has his way it will include both of his former Arsenal teammates - not that being a former teammate is essential to him: 'I want my staff sorted sooner rather than later, really by the weekend. I'm meeting with a few people and having conversations with a couple of old friends.

'I've had a positive meeting with Martin. Then there's Dennis, who is taking the youth team at Ajax and is a good, good man.

'I've not spoken to him, but there are a few people I still need to talk to.

'It's an important part. I've got some good people still at the club, which is great, but I need my people in and the sooner I can do that the better.

'Mind you, you don't have to be an old Arsenal player.'

Bergkamp, who retired a couple of years back, has taken a fast track coaching diploma since his retirement and has also studied under Arsene Wenger, which cannot be a bad thing can it? Also, to be coaching at Ajax cannot be a bad thing either can it! If this comes off Pompey are becoming the new Arsenal more and more, again, not a bad thing...

Adams has constantly reiterated his desire to retain Joe Jordan and Paul Groves on his coaching team though, which would be bursting at the seams with the lot, so you still cannot help but think to get the lot something has to give?


Hermann Hreidarsson is becoming increasing frustrated with his lack of 1st team football this season according to his agent Olafur Gardarsson, who was speaking in The Times, which leaves him considering his future with the club: 'at this stage of his career, it's difficult for him to sit on the bench and not play.'

The arrivals of Armand Traore and Nadir Belhadj have seen the Icelander, who was a regular last season, slip out of the 1st team picture and he was not even on the bench at the weekend I do not think - which could well have been the first team this season that he has not been involved I reckon?

It is a tough one, and I do feel sorry for Hreidarsson as he did a job last season, but his early season form did seem to show that the signs of time really had caught up with him - although he started last season poorly as well and went from strength to strength...

At 34 he will want to play regularly, and his chances of doing that here this season look slim so a loan move in the coming weeks to a Championship side perhaps - with former clubs Charlton and Ipswich both linked, if not permanent move away in January - with West Brom also linked - would not be a surprise.

When the fella signed, at the time I shared views that I only saw him as a short term fix and even though he signed a contract for a few years I would not have been surprised to see him only last the year, and that looks like being the case - but you can never say never can you, although whatever happens this was almost certainly always likely to be his final season with us regardless...


Torric Jibril, so he was being called yesterday when he confirmed his move to Pompey, has been officially confirmed as a signing, although he is being called Torric Jebrin - I think that if we just call him Torric it will be easier!

Either way, Paul Hart has confirmed the Ghanaian's arrival on the Pompey Site: 'Jebrin's a great little kid with a lovely left foot. He was spotted by our scout in France.

'There were some sides from Spain interested in him, as well as some big clubs from elsewhere in Europe, so we've done very well to get him here.'

The 17-year-old will not be making his 1st team breakthrough anytime soon though as he will immediately be loan out to our Belgian feeder club Zulte-Waregem, where he will stay until he fulfils the requirements of a work permit I guess.

Thoughts on all please guys...


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Date:Wednesday November 5 2008
Time: 1:18PM


1. Looks like for Fratton Park read Highbury oops sorry Emirates. Adams quite rightly wants the people he trusts around him and Keown has impressed his tutors during his coaching courses. Not sure about Bergkamp but he was a great player and an intelligent man.
05/11/2008 13:35:00
2. Would be sorry to see Herman go as he is a 100% player with a great heart and played a key role in winning the cup last season. Remember he played in the final with a broken jaw!! But Traore and Belhadj have great pace and sill and give a real threat down the left BUT they are both only on loan.
05/11/2008 13:38:00
3. Torric sounds an interesting acquistion and adds to our growing band of imported youngsters. When will one make the breakthrough to the first team. Toast special coming soon.
05/11/2008 13:40:00

1. I am quite excited about the thought of having Bergkamp and Keown joing the coaching team. I really hope it happens, such intellegnce and ability within them. The players would surely love it.

2. I can see HH leaving which I think is a real shame. He has played so well for the club after coming from relegated Charlton, when i thought oh no he's rubbish.

3. Lets hope some of these kids live up to the expectations.

05/11/2008 14:16:00
Oops I left a random 2. in there. At least I only got my name on once though ;)
05/11/2008 14:18:00
'word on the street' is that bergkamp isnt interested anyway, which is a shame as the fella was clearly and intelligent football, who i would expect to be an intelligent off the field in a coaching capacity as well - not forgetting the fact that he is so well known, so having him connected to the club would be a major bonus!
further 'word of the street' is that keown doesnt want the job either, as he wants to only work part-time and carry on his tv work.
05/11/2008 17:19:00
Brgkamp/keown... I would love it... HH leaving? I don't see him having a future at the club (other than just for cover) - so great as he was, our wage bill is MASSIVE.
05/11/2008 17:20:00
bergkanp wouldnt come as hes not ugly enough to be a pompey coach. another youngster, so we'll hear nothing of them for 3 years until suddenly they take the premiership by storm.
05/11/2008 17:39:00
...or leaves on a free with out ever featuring...
05/11/2008 18:30:00
1. I agree with eastneydave.
05/11/2008 19:14:00
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