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Macca's back

It is something that I know plenty of us have wanted for some time, so the fact that it has now happened in some capacity will please most!

Alan McLoughlin is back at Pompey.

He returns as a senior academy coach.

Macca will work with his former teammate, and now head of the academy, Andy Awford. He told The Pompey Site this: 'Alan will join us because I've identified the need within the academy to have someone who can provide the knowledge that the lads weren't getting at schoolboy level.

'Our academy players could control, pass and move, but there was limited understanding of what it takes to progress to the levels required to hopefully become a first-team player.

'Alan will provide that link for me between apprentices and schoolboys.'

Having left the club at the end of 1999 there have been times in the past when Macca 'might' have returned although various people put obstacles in his way, perhaps designed to ensure that he did not. You 'might' recall a brief interview that we had with Macca back along when he eluded to such events...

Anyway he is back, and is more than happy to be back: 'this is something I've been itching to do, to come in and help develop the club's young players.

'The period from the age of 14 to getting a scholarship at 16 is a massive one for any young player - it was key to me when I was a youngster at Manchester United.

'I sing off the same hymn sheet as Andy Awford about how things should be for young players, so along with the other coaches like Ian Buckman and Paul Hardyman, there's a real sense of taking things forward.

'When I left Pompey in December 1999 it was probably one of the worst days of my life, so it's fantastic to come back.'

In all honesty part of me would have rather had Macca involved in the 1st team coaching set-up, although I suspect that he is, how can I put this, perhaps too opinionated for Steve Cotterill's liking so that 'probably' would not have worked out!

This though, for me, is another step in the right direction for our long-term future and our chances of becoming far more self-sufficient in the years ahead.

As for the other goings on today, well there has not really been much, on the face of it anyway that said development are being made I think...

Apparently things have further developed as far as Luke Varney and Stephen Henderson are concerned and both are, especially in Varney's case, expected to sign tomorrow I would guess?

Another 'linked' with us today is Blackpool defender Ian Evatt. £1m plus has, or will, be tabled for him apparently...

Lastly its looking as though The Herminator will finally be signing a new 1-year contract by the end of this week.


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Date:Monday July 4 2011
Time: 6:02PM

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Wow, I really don't want to wake up from this dream where all the Pompey news is happy and football related. It finally feels good to be a Pompey supporter again :)
04/07/2011 19:02:00
Good to have you back Macca
04/07/2011 19:11:00
I would like to see Macca involved with the first team. He speaks a lot of sense about the game, and is a good observer of games, and what changes could be made. Great to see him back in the fold....And agree sneakay, what's all this good news again! PUP
04/07/2011 19:37:00
Things are looking good at the moment. Its nice to see ex players being appointed to the youth set up as it will give the younger players something to aspire too. Macca knows the game well, hopefully we'll see some talents coming out the youth system in years to come.
04/07/2011 19:59:00
Seems to me if you want a job with Pompey you first need to join a local radio sation as a summariser! Good to get Macca on board though, is this really an infrastructure being put in place?
04/07/2011 21:09:00
He won't be at the youth academy for long. From what I have heard and seen, too good a football assessment brain for that role. He will become assistant in my view quite soon.
04/07/2011 21:22:00
What obstacles were put in his way before??? U can tell the guy is pompey through and through just by listening to his commentaries. Glad to finally have him on board. Welcome home Macca! PUP PPU!
04/07/2011 21:44:00
Agreed, this is a great thing to have, and hopefully before long he'll be involved with the first team. I would also have liked to see him be Cott's No. 2 for this season, but this puts him one step closer.
05/07/2011 02:02:00
Fantastic news, welcome back Macca
05/07/2011 13:22:00
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