John Metgod

Johannes Antonius Bernardus Metgod (born 27 February 1958) is a Dutch retired footballer. He is currently the assistant manager of United Arab Emirates.

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 63)
Place of birth Amsterdam, Netherlands
Position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
United Arab Emirates (Assistant)
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)
2014–2015 Brighton & Hove Albion (Assistant)
2015–2016 ADO Den Haag (Technical Manager)
2017 Granada CF (Assistant)
2018–2019 Nottingham Forest (Assistant)
2019 United Arab Emirates (Assistant)
2020- United Arab Emirates (Assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Club careerEdit

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 careerEdit

During his career Metgod won 21 caps for the Netherlands national football team, scoring four goals. He was noted for his 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]

In January 2014, Metgod was appointed as an assistant at Colorado Rapids.

In July 2014, Metgod was appointed as a scout at Brighton & Hove Albion.

On 1 July 2015, Metgod was appointed as a technical manager at ADO Den Haag and left in June 2016.

On 10 April 2017, Metgod was added to the staff at Granada CF by trainer Tony Adams, but left the club in May 2017 when manager Adams was sacked.

On 8 January 2018, Metgod was added to the staff at Nottingham Forest by trainer Aitor Karanka, but left the club on 10 January 2019 when manager Aitor Karanka resigned as coach. However, he continued at the club as a part of the board.

On 21 March 2019, he left Nottingham to become the assistant manager of United Arab Emirates national football team.[4]


Metgod with son in 1983

Metgod was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Metgod's son, Dimitri, is also a professional footballer, playing as midfielder,[5] whereas John's younger brother, Edward, is a retired goalkeeper.


AZ AlkmaarEdit

Real MadridEdit



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) 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. ^ John Metgod leaves Nottingham Forest board for UAE coaching role,, 21 March 2019
  5. ^ Een jaar op de strafbank. 13 September 2006.

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