Date: 9th February 2009 at 9:24am
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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.

PUP

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