Portchester land former Pompey boss in shock move

Graham Rix is the new Portchester head coach
Graham Rix is the new Portchester head coach
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AFC Portchester have pulled off a huge coup by landing Graham Rix as their new head coach.

The Wessex League outfit have agreed a surprise deal to bring in the former Pompey boss and Chelsea assistant manager.

Rix is expected to take up his new position immediately with the ambitious Wicor Rec outfit.

And the 55-year-old is excited at the opportunity to make an impact at the club.

He said: ‘I’m going to go in there to help them.

‘It’s a well supported, well organised club with people who are tuned in and enthusiastic.

‘It’s a fantastic set-up there, too.

‘I’m doing nothing at the moment and I know Louis Bell (Portchester’s new interim manager) from my time at Portsmouth. He came and asked me to help and that’s what I’m going to do.

‘It’s good for me to get back in at grass roots level.

‘There are good lads there and good people behind the scenes. I want to pass on my knowledge and try to help.’

Rix was most recently involved with Trinidad and Tobago outfit Central FC, where he was boss until December.

He has kept his house locally, however, paving the way for the Portchester move when he returned.

Rix said: ‘I’ve been all over the place.

‘I was at the Glenn Hoddle Academy for many years.

‘Then I was coaching a pro team in Trinidad, but it was too far away.

‘I’ve come back and watched Portchester play Fareham last week.

‘I’m going in as a coach to help. I haven’t signed my life away but want to help as much as I can.’

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