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Portsmouth manager gets the boot

PREMIER League strugglers Portsmouth have sacked manager Tony Adams after a slump in form which has left them in danger of relegation.

The club said yesterday that first team coach John Metgod had also left, with director of youth operations Paul Hart appointed caretaker coach.

Former England captain Adams, 42, had been in charge at Fratton Park for just over three months after taking over when Harry Redknapp joined Tottenham Hotspur.

Portsmouth was well-placed in the top half of the table but has taken only two points from its last nine league matches and is 16th in the standings, one point above the relegation zone.

Portsmouth lost 2-3 at home to Liverpool on Saturday despite leading 2-1 with five minutes remaining.

"This has been a very difficult decision and Tony has worked tirelessly to arrest the slump in form," the club said. "He is rightfully highly respected within the football world and played a major role in our FA Cup triumph last season. The owner and 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. The priority for Portsmouth Football Club is 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."

Portsmouth won four of its 21 games in all competitions under Adams, drawing six and losing 11.


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