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Groves and Coles go, Keeley steps up

Well, lets be honest, I do not think that anyone is surprised to see The Pompey Site confirm that Paul Groves and David Coles have left Pompey to join West Ham are they?

This is something that has been expected, most certainly in the past few days...

David Lampitt thanked both, and wished them well: 'we are sorry to lose both Paul and David to West Ham but understand the offer to continue working in the Premier League was difficult to refuse.

'I would personally like to thank them both for the excellent jobs they have done at the club and wish them well for the future.'

I am of course disappointed to see both go, but especially gutted where Coles is concerned as there are VERY FEW better goalkeeping coaching around than him to be honest - he will be seriously missed...

Whilst they must have wanted to go, and I am annoyed at Uncle Avram for coming back for them, I still think that there is 'possibly' more than meets the eye on this one? I know it sounds like another conspiracy theory, although I do, but hey ho, on we must go - and we WILL!

Ian Woan and Guy Whittingham will assist Steve Cotterill, for the time being at least.

Stepping up to replace Coles is John Keeley, who has been coaching the academy for the past 3-years, this is what Cotterill had to say: 'John has worked well in the academy and is looking for a step up. We're more than happy to promote from within.

'At the moment I'm working with Guy and Ian and just want to see the dynamics of the group before appointing anybody else.'

With all due respect to Woan, Whittingham and Keeley, who I do have respect for of course, we DO need to bring in another body to assist Cotterill - people say, and I have as well, that we should be looking to offer David James a player-assistant managers job, or at least a player-coach job?

Perhaps we should, as it could be very important to keep him, although he is a big personality and I 'maybe' fear a bit of a clash of personalities with Cotterill perhaps - and 'possibly' the mark could be overstepped...

Time will tell I guess.

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Date:Friday July 2 2010

Time: 7:26PM

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So Avram turns out to be as big a ******** as Harry. What a hypocrite! At least Harry's an 'honest' wheeler-dealer.
PFCblue
Bit disappointing to say the least.
Gandor1
Disappointed with Groves; not surprised about Coles - thought he was going to Spurs not that long ago; and don't blame Avram for this one. Certainly, it could be an opportunity to expand David James's role IF that is what Jamo wants of course. Personally, I'm not convined it is yet. A bit surprised Steve Clarke left West ham. A coach with a good reputation from his Chelsea days and thought he would have known Avram well. maybe they didn't get on. Perhaps Clarke would like to lend SC a hand??!!
Dave_S139
Wot a good idea Dave!
Gandor1
Not overly suprised, I dont think you can give Avram too much **** as this happens all the time in Footy, its quite possible that Groves and Coles were offered new contracts at much lower pay rates, this we will probably never know, we just need to move on, Give James the Player Coach role and keep him here, he can start doing his badges and in a few years, who knows!!!!
NZ_Portsmuff
the thing with grant and this, for me, is the fact that he said he would do 'all he could to help' - taking our coaches, but not our players, is not doing much to help is it? at least when redknapp did this with the best coaches we had we did have other up and coming coaches that HAD been taught by the senior ones, we literally have nothing in reserve now...
all that said there are various factors that come into play on this issue and events from all sides contributed to this eventuallity in the end.
pompeyrug
 

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