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Wigley Appointed First Team Coach

Robinson also returns to Fratton to join backroom staff

28 June 2018

Pompey have appointed Jake Wigley as the club’s new first team coach.

And former Blues skipper Paul Robinson will also combine his playing duties at Havant & Waterlooville with a role in the Blues backroom team.

Wigley has spent the past four years coaching at Nottingham Forest, working with the first team, under-18s and under-23s.

He was previously at Bolton and is a graduate of Sports Coaching Science from the University of Chichester, holding both the UEFA ‘A’ Licence and Advanced Youth Award.

Wigley said: “I applied and had an interview a couple of weeks ago before being offered the job.

"This is a massive club and the goal is to finish inside that top six come the end of the season."

Jake Wigley

“This is a massive club and the goal is to finish inside that top six come the end of the season – which I believe we’re capable of doing.

“I met the lads for the first time on Wednesday and they seem like a great bunch, with a fantastic attitude.”

The name Wigley will be a familiar one for Blues fans, with Jake’s father Steve making more than 100 appearances for the club between 1989 and 1992.

Pompey’s new coach said: “My first football memories are going down to Fratton Park to watch my dad when I was aged two or three.

“Things have changed since then, although the stadium looks fairly similar and there’s still an incredible atmosphere.”

Blues boss Kenny Jackett added: “We interviewed throughout the summer and I felt that Jake had the necessary attributes to add to our coaching staff.

“He’s been working with the under-23s and under-18s at Nottingham Forest and it’s a natural progression for him to come here.

“Jake will be working with us every day and also making sure there’s that integration with the younger players.”

Robinson is a former Pompey skipper, who featured 38 times during the 2014/15 campaign before departing for AFC Wimbledon.

He recently signed for the Hawks, who are remaining semi-professional following last season’s promotion to the National League.

Jackett said: “Paul’s at the back-end of his playing career and he wants to blend that with the beginning of his coaching career. This gives him a great opportunity to do that.

"Paul’s at the back-end of his playing career and he wants to blend that with the beginning of his coaching career."

Kenny Jackett

“He’ll be working with our younger players and discussing with Joe Gallen and myself about how we can bring them into the first team.

“We’ll give him a platform to learn and I believe he’ll have a lot to offer all our players on a daily basis.”


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