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With uefa cup in mind Adams wants to stay

With the contract of Tony Adams about to expire once again it looked like he 'might' leave for good this summer...

However as he has told The News the fact that we have now made it into the uefa cup for next season means that he wants to stay: 'at this stage, I've got five weeks left on my contract and I am going to fulfil it.

'I've done two great years down here and it's been brilliant.

'We'll talk about the future if they want to talk about the future, but I've got no other offers whatsoever at the moment - no-one is speaking to me.

'Before qualifying for the UEFA Cup, I think I'd probably learned as much as I could here, I have to be honest.

'I don't want to waste time, I don't want to waste their time and I'm sure they don't want to waste mine.

'It comes to a point where there's nothing more I can do.

'But now there's the UEFA Cup to think about. I've never been a number two in that competition, and that's tempting. That's another dimension, I think.

'To take a team into Europe is something I haven't done so all of a sudden that becomes an interest.

'The fact is, with Portsmouth in the UEFA Cup, if they offered me a position as number two again for another year, another two years or another three years I would definitely consider it.

'I have never done it and all of a sudden that becomes attractive.'

I can fully understand where he is coming from and had we not offered him anything new for next season you could understand why he probably would have moved on but there is little or no chance that Adams is not going to be offered a new contract is there, so get that piece of paper in front of him and he will sign it.

Yep, Adams does want to be his own man, but if he wants to stay then it's a no brainer really - he will stay, there is no need for him to go anywhere as he can continue his learning alongside Harry Redknapp and Joe Jordan before going off to be his own man in the future.

Next season the uefa cup, who knows what we might even offer him - and of course us! - the season after...

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Date:Tuesday May 20 2008

Time: 12:10PM

Your Comments

Who can blame him for wanting to be his own boss? But he is part of a winning team and it will be good to keep that together for at least one more year.
eastneydave
can someone tell me what all this cardiff head tapping was about
blueape
always one more year...at this rate, hes never going to leave!
pompeycarpet
It's great if he stays, as he has without doubt had a massive effect on sorting out the defence.

Blueape - Are you refering to the Cardiff fans doing the ayatollah? If so it is down to Ayatollah Khomeini dying in 1989 and Cardiff fans copying what the mourners did at the funeral.
sneakay
Re; head tapping....It goes back even further than that, to the early 80's in fact (around 80-81 I think), during the Iran-Iraq war when Cardiff fans used to dress up in fancy dress - a load of them dressed as the Ayatollah.
NinjaTim
Re Tony: Good news indeed. He's really serving a first class apprenticeship to ensure he becomes a top number 1 someday soon. I think, ultimately, unless Harry moves into a director of football role, we're bound to lose Tony next summer.
NinjaTim
No Tim; we'll be in the Champions League by then and he'll have soooo much more to learn.
UKTony
would he not be the natural successor to 'Arry when he retires?
The Fear
yes he would the fear - but first, he should have some experince as a number one for himself.
pompeycarpet
I agree, you can have an excellent number two with bags of experience but when they step up into the number one role they're rubbish. Just look at Steve Maclaren. I'd rather we loan him out to a championship for a couple of years and then recall him for Harry's retirement :-)
stooH
If it suits Pompey & TA then fine. The 2 years he has been here have been very successful & no doubt next seasons venture in the UEFA cup will expand his cv.
storagematt
As for the head slapping Cardiff fans. They just look stupid when they do it and I care very little as to why.
storagematt
Get him now before someone comes in for him, we have a great coaching team don't break it up
pompeyyong
I am very pleased Tony Adams is staying - for whatever reason. But I don't think he will be a natural successor to Harry. Although that said, do we know enough about him to judge?
Gandor
put the contract infront of him and he will sign it - all will benefit as a result.
pompeyrug
If Tony decides to stay, good for you guys, I'm jealous... I had a look at you guys' defensive stats and it seems that he's made a big contribution there these 2 years. There's some report that Pat Rice might leave us to take care of his wife who's been ill. Of course I wish her a speedy recovery and that Pat is an Arsenal legend who we'd love to have on the coaching staff. But should a No.2 vacancy come up, I really hope Arsene will bring Tony back (our defence needs working on too).
Lou the Gunneress
 

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