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Gallen Appointed Assistant Manager

8 June 2017

Joe Gallen and Kenny Jackett

Jackett’s number two seeking success

Pompey have appointed Joe Gallen as assistant manager on a two-year deal.

He has worked with Blues boss Kenny Jackett at a number of clubs, enjoying promotion-winning spells at both Millwall and Wolves.

Gallen said: “I hold Kenny in high regard – as a manager and a coach. He’s someone I’ve looked up to over the years.

“We managed to get big clubs like Millwall and Wolves out of League One – and now we’re looking to try to be successful again at Portsmouth.

"We need to build a competitive team that the supporters are excited about."

Joe Gallen

“It’s tough not to mention promotion when you come to a huge club like this.

“I’m not going to go on record about when that might be, but the fans don’t want to hear about consolidation.

“We need to build a competitive team that the supporters are excited about and want to come and see.

“I was down at Fratton Park a number of times last season and the atmosphere was fantastic.

“The passion of the fans meant they were almost sucking the ball into the net. I was really impressed.

“I was at one game when the opposition scored first and I expected the crowd to turn, but they actually grew even louder.”

Gallen was a striker at Watford, Exeter, Shrewsbury, Dundalk, Stevenage and Drogheda before injury forced him to hang up his boots at the age of just 26.

The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international is the older brother of Kevin Gallen, who played Premier League football with QPR.

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