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Adams receives top backing

The appointment of Tony Adams has been backed by one of the best there is, arguably one of the best there ever has been, Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal manager has told sky sports news that he believes the time is right for Adams to have another crack at manager, and as he is a few more years experienced and wiser he is ready for it and will do well: 'it makes me very happy. I believe it is a good opportunity for him and we wish him of course well.

'He is at the age now where you have to start in this job. For the rest I believe he has a good squad and he has worked a lot now in this job and I think he is ready.

'Tony has now much more experience because he has been abroad and has been at Portsmouth as an assistant.

'I believe he has the qualities and that is why I am very positive about it.'

The strength that Adams has shown in the past, in admitting his alcohol problem and seeking help for it, is something that Wenger believes gives him added strength and ability to succeed: 'I believe in life when you go wrong you can always, with intelligence and character, turn things right and that is what he did.

'He came out and said he had a drinking problem when he was a player and he showed enough strength and character to change that.

'I believed in him because everybody deserves a chance when he really wants to change his life. That basically didn't come from me, it came from him.'

Adams was good enough for me as it was, but if he also gets the backing of Wenger that cannot be a bad thing can it!

The backing did not stop their either, others, and to be fair Harry Redknapp was one of them as he had been quite vocal on his thoughts that it should be his job, another was Martin O'Neill.

Adams of course had that ill-fated spell in charge of O`Neill's former side Wycombe, but the Villa manager feels he is better equipped now and also told sky sports news of his delight for him: 'I am absolutely delighted for him.

'He has tried management before at Wycombe and I think he will now be equipped to take the job.

'He will know the players inside out and he has worked for Harry for a good period so he will have learned a lot.

'Everything else is up to him but it is a great opportunity.'

Wenger, as said is one of the best around, O'Neill is another top manager, and a manager that has a side that really does potentially have a squad capable of breaking into the top 4 - should Adams be able to retain most of our squad, and bring through some of the youngsters - which he might be more prepared to do - then we are still as good as anyone outside of the top 4 in this league.

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Just a note, and something that my cousin actually told me earlier, but something that had been reaffirmed to me just a few seconds ago by UKTony Jermain Defoe will not be able to return to Spurs in the next transfer window!

A player cannot return to a former side inside a year of leaving them, so Spurs is one place he should not be able to go to - but then again talking about players leaving is not something I want to do, lets just see how the next couple of months go first eh!

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Date:Tuesday October 28 2008

Time: 5:53PM

Your Comments

regarding the last bit, that means benji wont be back in january :(
jbaker
Fantastic news that everyone is backing our new manager. It'll do wonders for our confidence and reassure all the players. Everyone is worried about a player exodus - not least me! I think Niko Kranjcar and Lassana Diarra are definately out (although imo Niko is one of the best players to ever pull on a Pompey shirt) but the others, particularly Sol and James who know Adams better than most, should stay.
PFCGino
Good luck Tony!
gunnerkid107
Yeah - good luck Tony!
Gandor
I'm really pleased, I think he's the best man for the job. He's been making a huge contribution for the past 2 years, whilst getting to know the players and the club and learning from a master manager. We were lucky he stayed this long and didn't move off to manage a club beforehand. I think he's ready, I think he'll do a great job, and provide important continuity. I hope Joe Jordan stays too!
tracyc
Seems like he has a good personality as well. He just needs to get it across in the press a bit more. But I am sure he will with time.
Gandor
Probably the best choice under the difficult circumstance. Rather than an outsider. Though I think TA can only do so much.A lot will depend on the club finances. If we have to sell or get the too good to turn offers coming in. If we were to lose 4-5 by the start of next seasson, that will be the test.
storagematt
I have a lot of faith in him, and will love it even more if he gets Keown as his assistant.
sneakay
As a gooner, its another reason to like Pompey, who I've had a soft spot for, with your bunch of players. I hope Adams can do a good job, which would be beneficial for the club and him personally.
prits
I have fret hopes for Tony, he seems like a nice man. He just needs to get used to talking in public a bit more, although I have a horrible feeling that some awful gaffs are going to come out of him before he gets the hang of it. Shoud be fun though!
Gandor
 

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