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Portsmouth appoint PFA chairman John Mousinho as head coach

Portsmouth appoint PFA chairman John Mousinho as head coach

  • Mousinho standing down from PFA role he took in May 2021
  • He has been player-coach at fellow League One club Oxford

Portsmouth have appointed the Professional Footballers’ Association chairman, John Mousinho, as head coach on “a long-term contract”. The 36-year-old has left his position as player-coach at their League One rivals Oxford to move to Fratton Park.

Mousinho replaces Danny Cowley, who was sacked on 2 January after nine league games without victory. Pompey are 15th going into Saturday’s home fixture against Exeter.

“I’m delighted to be appointed Pompey head coach and am excited to get started in the role,” Mousinho told Portsmouth’s website. “The club and I are share similar ambitions and we’re focused on delivering the short and long-term success that the supporters here deserve. I want our team to play on the front foot, with aggressive and attacking football that will win games and entertain the fans.”

Mousinho will relinquish his role as chairman of the PFA’s players’ board, which he has held since May 2021. Portsmouth said he would “soon be standing down from that position to fully focus on his new role”.

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