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Metgod confirmed as 1st team coach

After days of speculation, and plenty of names mentioned John Metgod has been confirmed as 1st team coach at Pompey - and in a reshuffle Tony Adams has promoted reserve manager Paul Groves - who is pictured in case people have not actually seen the fella before - to 'assistant 1st team coach'...

Adams has told the Pompey Site that he has no doubts about the appointment of the Dutchman, and he is the right man for the club: 'John's going to be a fantastic ally. He's the right person for this football club.

'He's very calm and low-key. He's going to support me and hopefully help the players.

'I do like doing a lot of coaching and Johnny will support me. He'll help me, be there for me, talk to me and share his experience with me. He'll suggest players, he'll work with players - everything someone in football does.

'He's a little bit older than me and has been around the block. He's played in England, Spain and Holland under some unbelievable managers.'

Adams got to know Metgod during his own time in Holland, when he spent some time with Feyenoord, with whom Metgod had been coaching at various level for 20-years, and soon became friends with him: 'I first got to know John when I went to work at Feyenoord and he was coaching with the first team there.

'I struck up a friendship with John and had a lovely dinner around his house with him and his wife, and we started talking football, as you do.

'I knew of him from my playing days, but I didn't know him as a coach or a man, really. He's been working for Feyenoord for 20 years in different capacities. I think he was instrumental in setting up their academy there.

'He jumped at the chance to come here. He was super-keen. He loved here it in England when he was a player and can't wait to come and work for us.'

The promotion of Groves appears to have completed his coaching team, although officially 'assistant manager' remains vacant - unless that is what his promotion sees him doing...

On the topic of the promotion of Groves, who is no stranger to management having already been a manager in his own right in the past, the Pompey manager is more than pleased with his performance at the club in his short time alongside him, and in general since he arrived - the same time as he did: 'I don't think we can underestimate the work Paul Groves has been doing for the football club for the last two-and-a-half years. He's been great.

'His role won't change that much - he'll keep doing an enormous amount!

'I'm delighted with my staff. We have good people in the right holes. If I need more staff, I'll add to it. If I don't feel I need to, I won't.'

So, there you have it guys - what do we think? To be honest as fair as I am concerned if this is what Adams wanted to do then I am happy with it, as after all he is the manager!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 11 2008

Time: 3:46PM

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Good luck to you, Johnny! Remember you slamming the free kicks in, boy
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11/11/2008 15:55:00

Yep, I remember JM at Forest. Still have vivid memories of his long range free kicks blasting the nets. Maybe he can teah Diop where the goal is??? Good luck to him & Paul Groves.
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11/11/2008 16:00:00

Showing my age hear, but who? 20 years at Feyenoord but never been a 1st team coach or manager does not sound too promising. I like his namw though. Lets hope he brings some Divine Intervention to Fratton Park!
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11/11/2008 16:01:00

Welcome Johnny and a well deserved promotion for Paul Groves. Sneakay ha ha ha!!
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11/11/2008 16:10:00

20 years at feyenoord - who have produced some fantastic footballers, as has dutch football in general, is good enough for me... perhaps he never felt comfortable as 'the manager' or a higher coach in the past?
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11/11/2008 16:10:00

agree dave - groves has done great things since his arrival at pompey, no disrespect to the reserve side - which is clearly important and someone needs to do it - but groves is better than a '2nd string boss'...
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11/11/2008 16:12:00

Oh Chris, the innocence of youth.
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11/11/2008 16:33:00

Another ex Tottenham player, to boot!
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11/11/2008 16:40:00

Like them or not, Harry obviously knew things were a changing and possibly even started beating the "Come and Get Me" drum, which i feel would explain a lot... The rush, the change in his "Spiritual Home i wont ever leave" to " Spurs are a big club i always wanted to manage" and the fact he has said very litle about what is going on at Pompey since he left... which i find hard to understand as you cant normally shut Redknapp up. So as i intended saying before getting side tracked... Like them or not, they are the ones who want to be here, the ones who want to push forward, the ones who all have good track records, better than having Harry and Jo who obviously felt they could not survive in the new era... whatever that may be?
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11/11/2008 17:03:00

Done & dusted now let's let them get on with the job in hand,good luck to them all.
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11/11/2008 17:59:00

All the forcasts were wrong. Midge, good points made.
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11/11/2008 18:01:00

never heard of him... i'll take your word for it that he's the right man!
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11/11/2008 18:12:00

Well he was a good player in his day, I'd like to think he's no mug if Feyenoord had him on the staff for so long. Tony having worked with him and knowing him well will obviously know the qualities he has to offer in the job, so I'm optimistic.
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11/11/2008 18:40:00

On Midge's point there are rumours going around that HR had started discussions with Spurs three weeks before he went!!
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11/11/2008 18:55:00

Good luck to Tony and John. Am I right in thinking there's still the Assistant Manager post to fill, as John is First Team Coach and Paul Groves has been promoted to his assistant. As for the HR rumours - lets move on!
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11/11/2008 19:37:00

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11/11/2008 20:18:00

Dave that doesn't surprise me at all. I think the writing was on the wall when Muntari was sold and proceeds were not given to Harry to spend. Can't WAIT for Levy to cross him!
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11/11/2008 20:57:00

rumour has it that HR has been arrested again? is that just rumour (although I can't find any evidence)
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11/11/2008 22:22:00

i will have to go back and look in my sticker books for Metgod.. this guy apprently help set up Feyenoords youth acadamy, and thats something id really like see at Pompey, bringin up some quality youngsters
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11/11/2008 22:29:00

Carps, you may just be reading my mind fantasies (so be careful in there). I saw one of those adverts for Wii with HR and his more photogenic family poncing about with a bit of plastic in their hands and was moved to comment that if that really were the Redknapp household at Christmas, they'd come down Boxing day morning to find he's sold the bloody game to someone for ready cash. Speaking of which, someone at work said he knows a farmer in Hampshire who gets all his knock-off fridge freezers off HR. What on EARTH is going on here!
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12/11/2008 07:22:00

Metgod was a terrific player and by all accounts has been a superb coach at Feyenoord. Don't underestimate the role of the number two/coach or, when I was a lad, "the trainer" as they were known. Looking at his track record this appointment could serve Pompey well in the long-term. At least we have a new chant.....Go, Johnny, Go, Go, Go, Johnny Metgod (to the tune of Johnny B. Goode).
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12/11/2008 09:26:00

Love the Wii joke Hammers - just love it!
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12/11/2008 15:57:00


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