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Adams confirmed as new manager

Tony Adams has officially been confirmed as the new Pompey manager, with this revealed in a press conference a few minutes ago.

Lets not kid ourselves most of the names 'linked' were just fairytale names, they would not come here and to be honest I would not want them - they would sod off at the first sign of interest from someone else. 'If' Adams does the job then I know where he will end up, and I am happy with that he has made no secret that he wants to return to Arsenal so if he gets this then we sure as hell know he would have been successful with us!

Fat Sam did not appeal to me at all, yep I know he has experience but we would have no chance of keeping the players that we have and half of them would not even fit into his style of playing... Alan Curbishley, despite his experience, for me would offer nothing more than the untried and unproven Adams... Others, apart from the unrealistic just did nothing for me...

Adams offers us that stability and continuity, for me that is worth much more than most other things - his appointment also gives us a better chance of keeping players that we had and I still think gives us the chance to carry on building what we had done, which could have, and still might, go further!

Adams and Joe Jordan almost certainly did the training at the club so how much involvement in things on that side Harry Redknapp had only they know - he must have surely learnt things from him as well to add to his own ideas.

The former England man travelled Europe to fine-tune his knowledge of the game, which was already pretty broad due to his standing in the game as a player and the quality he had. Yep, things went belly up with Wycombe, but that does not mean that he is a poor manager - look at it this way, the players he worked with just might not have been capable of doing what he wanted.

Clearly the ability to attract players is something that looks like being his biggest problem, but Adams is a name known throughout football and when all is said and done if we are doing well players will come here anyway as players will go where the going is good! People knock him, and so do I, sometimes rightly others a bit unfairly but lets not underestimate the part that Peter Storrie plays in attracting players as well and the scouts that we have, if we can keep those in place things are not all as doomy and gloomy as it might have seemed.

Lets give the fella a chance, and if we get stuffed at Anfield tomorrow if anyone comes out with the rubbish such as 'see it is not working' let me just redirect you to the amount of times we have been turned over at Anfield, Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and Highbury/The Emirates over the years under twitchy before casting your vote - with or without him does anyone really expect us to get a result against the inform team in this country. Lets not write the game off - as we used to every time, but lets not judge him on that result, spanking or not!

People think he will be a 'yes man', but that is not the nature of the man and I do not believe that he will let it be that way, and why should he.

I am backing him, and to be fair I think the vast majority are as well - give the fella a chance, it 'might' not go well, but why think that way why not think positively and think it will. A good, honest, genuine and better still English manager is something that I am happy with and think is the most realistic and logically thing we could and should have done.

'Tony Adams Blue And White Army!'


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 28 2008

Time: 1:08PM

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Personally i don't think its thats bad an appointment. I'd have preferred Slaven Bilic and Robert Prosinecki. we've banked £5m for dreadknapp and got our manager from within. who cares?
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28/10/2008 13:24:00

Continuity will not unsettle the players and hopefully we can continue our successful season without the twitcher.
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28/10/2008 13:34:00

Two things. 1. being as he spoke to and mentioned uncle Arsne countless times, guess the next step in his journey! 2. Joe Jordan will be at White Hart Lane come Saturday. God i hope im wrong, but this stinks.
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28/10/2008 13:34:00

Not sure who we appointed won't stop the mass exodus if the players want to go & we need the cash.
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28/10/2008 13:36:00

tony adams blue and white army ...
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28/10/2008 13:38:00

Great decision to go for Adams. He'll work his rocks off for Pompey and there will be no issues of him looking elsewhere. He can build an even better team going forward.
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28/10/2008 13:41:00

yes tony. better than big sam!!!
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28/10/2008 13:47:00

Good move and decisive too. The fact that he mentioned Arsene is not an issue - I'm glad he regards Arsene as a mentor. How many young managers in the game regard Sir Alex as mentor, how many regard Sir Bobby Robson as a mentor, or Cloughie when he was alive? Plenty, and it's no bad thing. For now, all the stuff about finances and players leaving is pure conjecture and is not going to get us anywhere. As Rug says, let's get behind Big Tone. Tony Adams' Blue & White Army!
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28/10/2008 13:48:00

Good move. Stability is what we need. Hopefully it's a short term contract with the view to a longer extension at the end of the year depending on results.

Sorry to go back to Harry as onwards and upwards it what we should be doing but did anyone notice he held a conference today? Can't bear for the limelight to possibly be off him, could he?
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28/10/2008 13:55:00

As a Liverpool fan I think this is a good appointment for you. With a new 'big name' manager coming in, all the members of your squad will be wondering whether he rates them or whatever, and the first few games will be nervy affairs with players more worried about making a mistake in front of their new boss than trying to impress him. With an appointment from within you can keep a fair amount of continuity going, though I do think you should repell any moves from Spurs to pinch your backroom staff at least until Adams is settled. Anyway, here's wishing you all the best for the rest of the season, starting on saturday though :p
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28/10/2008 14:24:00

Harry, mate, don't wear a football shirt at your age and if you HAVE to, don't wear it tucked into your Farah slacks. You look like something that failed to get into the Kays catalogue c.1978. Ok, perhaps not the most perceptive thing anyone has said about the matter but having just been out to the shops and still seen his florid chops hogging every telly in Dixon's window, it's beginning to get on the old pectorals.
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28/10/2008 14:28:00

To look for advice from one of the best managers in the world its not a wrong thing to do. Important decission are taken after talks with your loved ones and I guess its no different here. To me VERY GOOD choice to have appointed Tony for the Job and I wont be surprised if in the long run he does better then Harry...they are different caracters and I guess Tony is the kind of guy to tell you straight in your face what he thinks of you while harry was more kinda...........(cant find the word). Utaka has no choice now, he has to play hes socks off like he did in FRance or he can ***** off
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28/10/2008 14:36:00

He's A Yido, Jermain Defoe! He's A Yido, Jermain Defoe! He's A Yido, Jermain Defoe! He's A Yido, Jermain Defoe! He's A Yido, Jermain Defoe!
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28/10/2008 14:43:00

Grapes, is 26 your age or your IQ? Or maybe it is the number of years since Spurs had a decent side, 1982.
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28/10/2008 14:56:00

Perhaps as you're so proud of your 26mm manhood grapes, you'll go and shake it on your own pathetic little site
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28/10/2008 15:06:00

Really Pleased Big Tone has been given the job. Hope he does really well for you! He's a legend for us, and I'm sure he's got loads to offer! On the Grapes front, I'm glad ours isn't the only site stupid Spurs fans write crap on. Why would Jermaine go to a team who are STILL bottom of the league.
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28/10/2008 15:26:00

yep!! happy with this, would have been happy with big sam too to be honest, but theirs definately something about not unsettling the club even more!!.....we have a promising young manager...weird!!!
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28/10/2008 16:06:00

Good choice and with Joe and Martin Keown behind him we will have a great management structure!
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28/10/2008 16:44:00

Letting an untested novice manager cut his teeth at a top ten premiership club is absolute madness and that is a completely neutral point of view.
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28/10/2008 17:41:00

larssongod and what abour sunderland and middleborough managers“s...madness? lol
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28/10/2008 18:41:00

Thank God (and yes thats all i need to say on the matter)
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28/10/2008 21:10:00

bongo, thats a fair point but i dont rate southgate particularly highly and sunderland had nothing to lose when keane took over they were that much of a shambles. he has had a lot of money to spend and has yet to prove himself. anyway, just think its gamble that could undo all the good work done up to now. good luck to you tho!!
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