Pompey’s Foster earns England coaching position

Ian Foster Picture: Joe Pepler
Ian Foster Picture: Joe Pepler
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Ian Foster has joined England’s coaching set-up after securing his release from Pompey.

As previously revealed by The News, the Blues’ first-team coach last week requested to leave Fratton Park for a new job.

Foster had been lined-up by the Football Association to work in age-group football in the England set-up.

That exit has now been mutually agreed, enabling the 40-year-old to today depart the club.

Foster had spent almost 21 months at Fratton Park following his appointment by Paul Cook.

Joining along with assistant-manager Leam Richardson in May 2015, they created a tight-knit backroom under Pompey’s manager.

As part of his duties, the former Liverpool apprentice also oversaw reserve and under-23 fixtures.

Foster announced his decision to quit following the Blues’ defeat at Wycombe, having learnt of winning the England job.

It came as a surprise to Cook, who has created a close bond among his backroom staff.

As a result, Foster has not worked at the training ground since his bombshell, with Mikey Harris taking over reserve duties.

Foster will be based at St George’s Park, allowing him to be nearer his family home in the midlands.