John Metgod

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John Metgod
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John Metgod in 2007
Personal information
Full name Johannes Antonius Bernardus Metgod
Date of birth (1958-02-27) 27 February 1958 (age 60)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1976 HFC Haarlem 32 (1)
1976–1982 AZ Alkmaar 195 (26)
1982–1984 Real Madrid 50 (1)
1984–1987 Nottingham Forest 116 (15)
1987–1988 Tottenham Hotspur 12 (0)
1988–1994 Feyenoord 164 (13)
Total 568 (56)
National team
1978–1983 Netherlands 21 (4)
Teams managed
1994–1995 Feyenoord (Youth Director)
1995–1996 Excelsior (Assistant)
1996–1997 Excelsior
1997 Feyenoord (Ad Interim)
1997 Excelsior (Assistant)
1997–2004 Feyenoord (Assistant)
2004–2005 Excelsior
2005–2007 Feyenoord (Assistant)
2008–2009 Portsmouth (First-Team Coach)
2009–2013 Derby County (First-Team Coach)
2014 Colorado Rapids (Assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Johannes Antonius Bernardus "John" or "Johnny" Metgod (born 27 February 1958 in Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a retired Dutch footballer.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Playing as a defender, Metgod started his professional career in the 1970s playing for HFC Haarlem. After one season with Haarlem, Metgod moved to play for AZ Alkmaar, spending six years at the club, including their UEFA Cup final defeat against English side Ipswich Town, during which he scored a goal in the 4–2 second leg win.

In 1982, Metgod moved to Spain to play for Real Madrid. He then moved to England in 1984 to sign for Nottingham Forest, where he was a regular player for three seasons before signing for Tottenham Hotspur in 1987. He spent just one season with the North London club before he moved back to the Netherlands, where he signed for Feyenoord. He spent six years at Feyenoord before finally retiring as a player in 1994.

International career[edit]

During his career Metgod obtained 21 caps for the Netherlands national football team, scoring four goals. He was noted for his stunning free-kicks, particularly during his spell at Nottingham Forest.


After retiring Metgod became a coach, working for Excelsior Rotterdam and Feyenoord.

On 11 November 2008, Metgod was appointed first-team coach by Portsmouth, but left the club on 8 February 2009 when manager Tony Adams was sacked.[1][2]

On 21 May 2009, Metgod was appointed as a first-team coach at Derby County, but left the club in October 2013 along with the rest of the coaching staff, following the dismissal of manager Nigel Clough.[3]


Metgod with son in 1983

Metgod's son, Dimitri, is also a professional footballer, playing as midfielder,[4] whereas John's younger brother, Edward, is a retired goalkeeper.


AZ Alkmaar[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 2008-11-11. Metgod to pompey 11 November 2008
  2. ^ Metgod lands Pompey coaching role. BBC Sport. 11 November 2008
  3. ^ "Ex-Portsmouth No2 Metgod joins Forest pal Clough at Derby". Tribal Football. 21 May 2009. Archived from the original on 27 May 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
  4. ^ Een jaar op de strafbank. 13 September 2006.

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