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Poke Appointed Goalkeeping Coach

Former Blues stopper steps up from academy role

28 June 2021

Michael Poke

Pompey have appointed Michael Poke as the club’s new first team goalkeeping coach.

The 35-year-old replaces John Keeley, who left Fratton Park at the end of last season to link up with former manager Paul Cook at Ipswich.

Poke had previously been working as a goalkeeping coach for the academy, a role he began in March 2020.

Blues boss Danny Cowley said: “Michael worked with us towards the back end of last season when John had to self-isolate and he fitted in seamlessly.

“He made a real impact and has worked exceptionally hard over the past few years to develop his coaching.

“We interviewed a number of candidates, but felt that Michael was the best choice and he’ll be a valuable member of our team.

"He made a real impact and has worked exceptionally hard over the past few years to develop his coaching."

Danny Cowley

“The academy is so important to us. We’re trying to be aligned and really have some joined up thinking.

“Hopefully this appointment can show all the staff that there is a natural progression to the first team.”

Poke said: "I'm over the moon. As soon as the gaffer pulled me on and offered me the job, then it was a no-brainer for me.

"Bassy was the academy keeper when I was here as a player and I worked with him a bit towards the end of last season, so we've built up a bit of a relationship."

Poke previously spent time with Pompey as a player after being signed from Torquay by Andy Awford in the summer of 2014.

He did not make a first team appearance during his two years with the club, however, and spent time on loan at Eastleigh.

Poke then finished his playing career with Woking in the National League before moving into coaching.


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