Dutchman Metgod accepts Portsmouth job

Other News Materials 11 November 2008 21:59 (UTC +04:00)

Johnny Metgod has joined Portsmouth as assistant to new manager Tony Adams, the Premier League club said Tuesday, CNN reported.

Dutchman Metgod, above during his time at Tottenham, has been named assistant manager at Portsmouth.

"This is a challenge I can't ignore," said Metgod, who is leaving his scouting job with Feyenoord.

Adams was appointed last month following Harry Redknapp's move to Tottenham. Adams and Metgod previously worked together coaching junior teams at Feyenoord.

The 50-year-old Metgod played four seasons in England for Nottingham Forest and Tottenham after a spell at Real Madrid and later finished his career with Feyenoord.

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

Adams got his first win since replacing Redknapp last Saturday when Jermain Defoe converted a 90th-minute penalty to beat Sunderland 2-1. Portsmouth are in ninth place in the league.

"Tony Adams is an icon of the British game, but the way he thinks about football is strongly influenced by the Netherlands school," former Dutch international Metgod said.

"The chance of working with him and returning to the top flight in England really appeals to me."