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When Clough Met-God...

The legendary Brian Clough came out with many famous quotations, some about God, with some of them also involving things that would happen when he met him such as 'when I go, God's going to have to give up his favourite chair!' Another was about playing football on the floor and not in the air 'if God had wanted us to play football in the clouds, he'd have put grass up there.'

Well, his son Nigel took his first steps into 'big time' management last season - after a decade or so with Burton in non-league - and has started following in his old mans footsteps at Derby and he has now 'met God' himself, well more to the point met Johnny Metgod!

Although he knew him anyway as they were teammates at Forest some years back, so he has not actually met him! I just thought it was an 'amusing title', which maybe is not as amusing as I thought...

Anyway, the former Pompey coach, or was he assistant manager, or was it assistant to the 1st team coaches...I do not know? Whatever he was he has now joined Clough at Derby to work as part of his backroom staff, although it again appears that his 'specific role' has not been defined with Clough saying 'Johnny won't have a specific role. I want to use his talents in a number of areas'.

One thing that I do know is Metgod obviously has something about him, he would not have stayed involved with Feyenoord's coaching set-up in various capacity for some 20-years or so if he did not, but I am still left slightly perplexed as to what he actually did do during his time with Pompey to be honest?

Nevertheless I wish Metgod well with Derby.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 22 2009

Time: 10:46AM

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Well, I liked the play on words
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22/05/2009 11:06:00

For some reason, i thought Metty, was still at Portsmouth as a coach..
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22/05/2009 20:09:00

No Andrew he got the axe the same time as Tony Adams - not sure if that was quite fair tbh.
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24/05/2009 09:11:00


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