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Adams has room for one more/Morocco eye Kaboul

When Tony Adams added Johnny Metgod to his coaching staff and did a reshuffle to amend Paul Groves' role at the club most of us thought 'there is still a role open for someone else', and so he has confirmed to sky sports news that there is... maybe!

He has said that he could be interested in giving an up and coming English coach a go, maybe someone local - someone that might be able to help him with 'his babies': 'I did do a lot of training here for the last two-and-a-half years, I do like going out there and doing the training. They are my babies.

'I do like going out there and doing that, so how many more people do I need?

'John is going to come in and put sessions on and I think the players will enjoy that. Paul Groves and David Coles are here as well, two other first-class coaches, what they've done for the past two-and-a-half years has been fantastic.

'I might need another one, maybe give an up-and-coming English coach a chance, but I'm very protective of my guys.

'I'd like to give someone, a local guy maybe, the opportunity to come in and work with the first team, but also with the youth side and on player development. We need to get some Portsmouth players through.'

When he says local, does he mean local as in local to the Pompey area or local, as in local to the side and someone that knows it?

If the latter then we already have a few candidates already at the club - a few have expressed a desire to move into coaching roles, so maybe combining the two roles could happen? Although player coaches are not so common these days are they...


Younes Kaboul is a fan of Moroccan tea, as he has shared the odd cup or two with Harry Redknapp in the past, but now the Moroccan team want him to be a fan of them...

The French u21 captain - although that will now be former u21 captain, as due to France's failure to reach the u21 Euros he will no longer be eligible at that level, well maybe until the end of the season he will? - has been approached by Morocco in the past to play international football for them, and they have done it again.

He has Moroccan parents, so does qualify but the thought is that he still believes that he is capable of playing at full level for France so he is likely to politely decline the advances of the African nation again...

In time my thinking is that he could well be good enough to play for France, but patience is something that he will have to show.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 14 2008

Time: 8:08AM

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So who is this local guy then? Any names?
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14/11/2008 16:14:00

Do we need a g/k coach? As for Kaboul, I'd hold out for the French national team.
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14/11/2008 20:04:00

Kaboul will play for France pretty soon I expect - but Distin can't make it can he?
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15/11/2008 09:11:00


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