Portsmouth have confirmed the departures of three members of the club’s coaching staff with all of Joe Gallen, Jake Wigley and John Keeley departing Fratton Park.
Danny Cowley is aiming to make changes around the club as he starts to stamp his authority around Fratton Park. That comes with Pompey looking to ensure that they manage to challenge for promotion next term, after just missing out on a place in the League One play-offs this term. These changes might leave room for him to bring in some more his own backroom team.
Gallen and Wigley were both members of the first-team coaching staff, with the former arriving in the summer of 2017 to link up with Kenny Jackett and he took caretaker charge of the game against Peterborough United back in March. Wigley, meanwhile, arrived at Fratton Park the following year and has been a key part of the backroom staff since.
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Keeley will leave the club for the second time, having also had a spell as a goalkeeping coach between 2007 and 2013. He returned for his second stint with Portsmouth in 2016. It will be interesting to see now who Cowley looks to bring in to replace the departures of these three coaches.
📰 #Pompey can confirm that Joe Gallen, Jake Wigley and John Keeley have left the club’s coaching staff
— Portsmouth FC (@Pompey) May 20, 2021
Changes were inevitable at Portsmouth this summer, and Cowley seems to be wanting to try and get as many of his own backroom staff in place as possible. That will be vital because he needs all the support he can get in trying to guide the club over the line and secure a place back in the Championship. Earning promotion has eluded the club over the last few years and changes were needed.
When Jackett left the club, it would have been anticipated that down the line the trio would also head for the exit door. They remained on and helped Cowley take the club towards the brink of the top-six this term, but ultimately with them having now missed out on promotion the time is right for them to move on.
Cowley will hope that he can get in some more of his own backroom team as replacements and that will surely have been the aim behind making these decisions. It will be interesting to see the changes that we see on the field as a result of new coaches potentially being brought into the club