Date: 11th November 2008 at 3:47pm
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After days of speculation, and plenty of names mentioned John Metgod has been confirmed as 1st team coach at Pompey – and in a reshuffle Tony Adams has promoted reserve manager Paul Groves – who is pictured in case people have not actually seen the fella before – to ‘assistant 1st team coach’…

Adams has told the Pompey Site that he has no doubts about the appointment of the Dutchman, and he is the right man for the club: ‘John’s going to be a fantastic ally. He’s the right person for this football club.

‘He’s very calm and low-key. He’s going to support me and hopefully help the players.

‘I do like doing a lot of coaching and Johnny will support me. He’ll help me, be there for me, talk to me and share his experience with me. He’ll suggest players, he’ll work with players – everything someone in football does.

‘He’s a little bit older than me and has been around the block. He’s played in England, Spain and Holland under some unbelievable managers.’

Adams got to know Metgod during his own time in Holland, when he spent some time with Feyenoord, with whom Metgod had been coaching at various level for 20-years, and soon became friends with him: ‘I first got to know John when I went to work at Feyenoord and he was coaching with the first team there.

‘I struck up a friendship with John and had a lovely dinner around his house with him and his wife, and we started talking football, as you do.

‘I knew of him from my playing days, but I didn’t know him as a coach or a man, really. He’s been working for Feyenoord for 20 years in different capacities. I think he was instrumental in setting up their academy there.

‘He jumped at the chance to come here. He was super-keen. He loved here it in England when he was a player and can’t wait to come and work for us.’

The promotion of Groves appears to have completed his coaching team, although officially ‘assistant manager’ remains vacant – unless that is what his promotion sees him doing…

On the topic of the promotion of Groves, who is no stranger to management having already been a manager in his own right in the past, the Pompey manager is more than pleased with his performance at the club in his short time alongside him, and in general since he arrived – the same time as he did: ‘I don’t think we can underestimate the work Paul Groves has been doing for the football club for the last two-and-a-half years. He’s been great.

‘His role won’t change that much – he’ll keep doing an enormous amount!

‘I’m delighted with my staff. We have good people in the right holes. If I need more staff, I’ll add to it. If I don’t feel I need to, I won’t.’

So, there you have it guys – what do we think? To be honest as fair as I am concerned if this is what Adams wanted to do then I am happy with it, as after all he is the manager!

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