Date:Wednesday November 5 2008
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...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Wednesday November 5 2008
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