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Adams admits a Vieira interest?

Adams admits a Vieira interest?

As other reports today say player after player will leave Tony Adams is being quoted in the Sunday Mirror as having admitted an interest in Patrick Vieira - who surely would not come cheap, wages wise if nothing else...

Bringing his former Arsenal teammate to Fratton is apparently something that he is exploring the opportunity of doing: 'he is a definitely a player I would like to bring here if he was available.

'I will be speaking to Inter manager Jose Mourinho and asking about him.

'With Patrick you know what you are getting - he is a proven winner and great character.'

Clearly he would be nowhere near as dynamic as Lassana Diarra but could be a replacement - but if we cannot afford to keep players and need to cash in on them, how could we afford the French legend, very much a veteran now at what, 34...


Another with Arsenal connections to Tony Adams is Martin Keown, and he yesterday confirmed on Football Focus that he will meet with his former teammate about a coaching role at Fratton: 'if I can help in any way it's something I am prepared to look at; that's why we are going to meet.

'I need to decide if it's something for me to do in my career. It would be quite a life-changing decision.

'Tony called me late last night and we're going to meet at the beginning of next week to discuss things and see if there might be an opportunity for me.

'We do ponder as ex-players, 'are we best served as a manager or as a coach?', and that's something I need to go through with my family.

'We'll have a chat and see what I can do to help him.'

Some say that Keown has the makings of a good coach, and is regarded among Arsenal fans - how much basis this has I do not know. One thing that I do know is we cannot afford to lose the experience of Joe Jordan, so bringing in Keown at his expense is something that concerns me - both, if possible would be good.

If it was one or the other, then I know that I would rather we stick to what we have...


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Date:Sunday November 2 2008
Time: 12:49PM


If Harry had Tony & Joe, why cant Tony have Martin & Joe? Am I missing something? Clubs have a few coach/ asst managers. As for Viera, why make it so public. And Diarra is irreplacable, unless we get Deco.
02/11/2008 14:07:00
or Messi, Gerrad, Lampard & we won't. Such a shame to think of Diarra going & the break up of this wonderful team.
02/11/2008 14:09:00
When tony was assitant manager, he spent a good deal of time insisting he wasn't just a defencive coach. At the time, I think lots of us thought he was talking rubish, and pointed at our fantastic defencive record... However, I am coming to think... he probably wasnt, and as with lot's of defenders who go into management, he is trying to play attacking football. Maybe he is in danger of forgetting about defending? maybe bringing in Keown as a defencive coach might be a good thing? One thing is for certain though, we also need someone with a little experiance too...
02/11/2008 14:09:00
I think that viera would be an OK signing. If possible, of course, it would be great to keep hold of diara - however with that looking so unlikely...maybe viera would be a good thing.
02/11/2008 14:11:00
Diarra was always going to go at some point we all knew that so enjoy him while he's here. Vierra's presence (if nothing else) is worth one last swansong so why not... As for Keown he'd apparently got the highest ranking ever in the FA coaching badges and by a strange quirk of fete his mentor and assessor was.......... Guy Whittingham !.... One other piece of info that was doing the rounds last night .. (apparently) Denis Bergkamp is also lined up ,, He's (apparently) completed his coaching badges in Holland and is ready to get back involved in day to day football... As for Joe Jordan I don't know what he does... Does anybody .. REALLY ??
02/11/2008 14:24:00
Vieira is 32 not 34 I believe
02/11/2008 14:26:00
first team coach... whatever that is... (errm... takes training sessions maybe?). I wouldnt mind having the entire arsenal invincibles/arsenal impossible-to-score-against's in the backroom staff... maybe kanu and sol campbell when they retire could join them?
02/11/2008 14:27:00
he is a solid experience player and would make a positive impact on the team, age..??? might be a factor good luck.
02/11/2008 15:51:00
Bergkamp as a player?
02/11/2008 18:02:00
I don't think buying a has been would be the answer, he was a great player sure, but if he was still at that level he'd only be playing at a CL club.
02/11/2008 18:22:00
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