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Portsmouth boss stands down after loss to Liverpool

AFP , LONDON

Former Portsmouth manager Tony Adams is pictured ahead of his team’s match against Liverpool at Portsmouth, England, on Saturday.

PHOTO: AP

Manager Tony Adams has left Portsmouth after the club took just two points from its last nine Premier League matches, the club said in a statement on its Web site yesterday.

“Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Tony Adams and John Metgod have left their positions as manager and first team coach with immediate effect,” the statement said.

Portsmouth’s 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool on Saturday spelled the end of Adams’ short reign at the club, which is hovering one point above the relegation zone.

Adams, a former England captain, won just four of his 22 matches in charge after being promoted from assistant manager when Harry Redknapp left to join Tottenham in October.

Portsmouth were also knocked out of the FA Cup and eliminated from the UEFA Cup.

Paul Hart, the club’s director of youth operations, will take over as caretaker manager until a new boss is appointed.

Reports said Alan Curbishley and former Chelsea manager Avram Grant were on a shortlist to take over, although Curbishley might be prevented from doing so as he is embroiled in a legal wrangle with his former club West Ham United.

A Portsmouth spokesman said on the Web site: “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,” the statement said.

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