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First Team Coach

Jake Wigley

First Team Staff

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Jake, son of former Pompey winger Steve – who made 139 appearances for the club between 1989 and 1992 – was appointed first team coach in the summer of 2018.

Wigley, who holds a Sports Coaching Science qualification from the University of Chichester, began his coaching career with Bolton in June 2010, spending four years as a youth development coach at the 13-18 age group.

Made a move to Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2014 – where he spent two years working as a coach with the Under-21s as well as assisting Stuart Pearce and latterly Dougie Freedman with first team affairs – before being appointed assistant lead coach of the Under-18s ahead of 2016/17.

A fruitful period for the Forest youth team followed – which included the emergence of Joe Worrall, Tyler Walker and Ben Brereton into the first team – with the U18s produced a strong showing in the Professional Development League in 2017/18.

During his playing days, Wigley featured as a midfielder for Lymington Town and has also named his earliest footballing memories as coming to watch his father play for Pompey at Fratton Park.

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