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Pompey confirm Adams departure

Pompey confirm Adams departure

In a statement on the Official Site Pompey have just confirmed that Tony Adams and his assistant Johnny Metgod have left the club.

The statement reads

'Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Tony Adams and John Metgod have left their positions as manager and first team coach with immediate effect.

Director of youth operations Paul Hart will take over in a caretaker capacity until a new manager is appointed.

The decision was made by the club's board following a run of results that has seen Pompey earn just two points in the last nine Premier League matches.

A club spokesman said: "This has been a very difficult decision and Tony has worked tirelessly to arrest the slump in form.

"He is rightfully highly-respected within the football world and played a major role in our FA Cup triumph last season. We would like to thank him and John and wish them well in the future.

"The owner and the board feel they have been as supportive as they can during a period where results have been poor. The team has played well but too many points have been dropped from winning positions.

"Notwithstanding the adverse economic conditions the board remains committed to the continued growth and development of the club for the future, building on its achievements of the last three years.

"The priority is for Portsmouth Football Club to remain in the top flight and we feel the appointment of a new manager will give us the best opportunity to enable us to do this.

"Paul Hart knows the football club, having joined us nearly two years ago, and is a respected coach with managerial experience."

Pompey won four of their 21 games under Adams, drawing six and losing 11.

The 42-year-old former England skipper took over as manager in October after Harry Redknapp left Pompey for Tottenham.

Adams' first and last games in charge were defeats to Liverpool. Pompey's two Premier League wins under Adams were against Sunderland and Blackburn, both in November. The Blues have taken two points from a possible 27 since that Blackburn win on November 30.

The former Arsenal and England skipper joined Pompey in the summer of 2006 as Redknapp's assistant.

The club will make no further comment until a new manager is appointed.'

I am (was) a big Adams fan and will write more when time/work allows.


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Date:Monday February 9 2009
Time: 9:23AM


.."too many points have been dropped from winning positions"..
had we lost 3-0 he'd still be in charge then.
See ya Tony.. You tried hard mate but it didn't quiet work out - Your (positive) legacy is the atmosphere during the AC Milan game and the fact that you instilled confidence in David Nugent
09/02/2009 09:48:00
I've been away from a PC all weekend, and after watching a great game against Liverpool where we deserved at least a point I am totally shocked at this decision... How Tony can take the blame for the mistakes that happened at the weekend I don't know... I was bitterly disappointed with Distin.... After bitching midweek in the papers that everyone had to 'wake up' and play their part he puts in a performance like that... His Air Kick was just cringe worthy... I've seen better clearances from an u-12 side... Sad to see TA leave :(
09/02/2009 10:01:00
your ladies team had a good result on the weekend!! :-)
09/02/2009 10:04:00
Yes, had Sylv managed to defend like someone paid a bloody fortune to defend competently. TA would not be packing up his hole-punch, his stapler and his "The Boss" mug this morning.
09/02/2009 10:12:00
By the way, love the club website's heading "Adams leaves Pompey" like it was his decision....great piece of media spin.
09/02/2009 10:13:00
I bet adams and metgod will be off to feynoord they are a big club who are strugling.Shame for adams to go he bought success here last year but it just didnt work out for him.Paul hart will do a great job for us in the mean time.
stfc ballboy
09/02/2009 10:16:00
Never a lucky manager & lady luck did p155 off to North London, the whore. We would take winning ugly as we used to as long as it meant winning. Some used to moan even then!!!! Late goals conceded at home to Fulham, Wigan, Hull, Milan, Liverpool made a huge diffence & the woodwork seemed to be on the way. Then again explain the pathetic performancs against Newcastle, West Ham, Bolton, Bristol City, Swansea & Fulham!!!! That's why he went. Individual errors didn't help but they sometimes happen when people arn't happy & start becoming human again.
09/02/2009 10:19:00
Don't know what to say. I know we need results but I though the man was settling down and improving in all departments except the one that mattered, I suppose. Winning matches.
09/02/2009 10:29:00
I hope the club have somebody good in the pipeline otherwise this is a bad move. PUP!
09/02/2009 11:33:00
Ironic he gets sacked after probably the best performance, hardly his fault Crouch and Distin made schoolboy errors which cost us the game against one of the best teams in Europe. Still it was inevitable I suppose, he did make mistakes but also had no luck at all and took the job at a bad time, Harry ran away because he saw what was coming having to sell and no decent money to spend. Having said that with 3 current England internationals and highly paid experienced players we should not be worrying about relegation. So who now? Sacha is desperate for us to stay in the Premier League its his only hope of selling and getting some of his money back if we get relegated the club is worth nothing. Probably Grant but the players used to call him the bibs and cones man, not much respect there.
09/02/2009 11:35:00
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