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Adams close to finalising his coaching staff

Adams close to finalising his coaching staff

Tony Adams had already said that he was close to finalising his backroom staff, and this staff is looking like it will now include his former Arsenal mentor Terry Burton - who is currently no.2 at the club we beat to win last seasons FA cup, Cardiff.

Burton, who has years of coaching and management experience under his belt, was Adams' youth coach in his early days with Arsenal - helping them produce a string of star names in the late 70s/early - mid 80s.

He managed Wimbledon for a while - now MK Dons of course - but parted company with the club with it said to have happened due to him being critical of the clubs decision to relocate to Milton Keynes. Burton fits the billing for the apparent target that he had, 'a man with years of coaching, and also management experience'. He is also a friend, all ingredients that you need your no.2 to have I guess.

Adams has also spoken to The News about Joe Jordan's U-turn last week, with him holding no grudges against him: 'it's taken two weeks for him to decide but that's okay. He's chosen now.

'On Thursday I thought he was staying - but he had a change of mind. Then again I thought Harry was going to Newcastle. People are allowed to change their mind.

'He'd been umming and aahing for a little while now.

'He had shook hands with me on the Wednesday and said "okay I'm staying". Then on Friday he said "no". I said "look Joe, maybe it's for the best".

'He is a loyal man, an honest man. He's done great for Portsmouth, he's been fantastic. I really think he would have always regretted it if he didn't go once the offer was there. Good luck to him.'

Gilles Grimandi is being mentioned as another that Adams is looking to add to his coaching team, and it is believed that both he and Burton will be installed by tomorrow.


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Date:Monday November 10 2008
Time: 11:24AM


Glad to hear a bit more about the Joe Jordam story, sounds as though he would have stuck to hos word. Terry Burton, remember him at Wimbledon so long ball here we go lol. Under Burton the Dons changed their game to a short ball game. Terry never played league football but has loads of coaching experience.
10/11/2008 12:15:00
Burton has the experience that TA lacks. Could be a shrewd call.
10/11/2008 12:57:00
Can't say that I know to much about Burton, so i will be reading what everyone else writes about him.
10/11/2008 13:33:00
TA has handled the Jordan thing diplomatically which is always a promising sign. I expect he feels really very peed off but has been gracious about it. We don't need Keegan-style handbag merchants
10/11/2008 14:10:00
Terry Burton is currently assistant manager to Dave Jones at Cardiff City. He was brought to the club during the 2004–05 season when Lennie Lawrence was still manager. Burton's playing career started as an Arsenal apprentice where he captained the 1971 FA Youth Cup winning team. He wasn't offered a professional contract and joined Folkestone during the summer of 1971. He went on to play for Epping Town, Hayes and Leyton Wingate (as player-coach). Towards the end of the 1970s he coached football at Holloway School. Burton returned to Arsenal as youth team coach in 1979. Following Don Howe's appointment as Arsenal manager, he was promoted to first team coach, then reserve team coach in 1986 when George Graham became Arsenal manager, though was released for the second time by the club in 1987. After a year out of the game he was appointed reserve team coach at Wimbledon. Having been a first team coach under then manager Egil Olsen, he was temporarily charged with managing the first team after the Norwegian's dismissal with only two games remaining of the club's 1999–2000 Premiership campaign, given the task of keeping Wimbledon in the Premier League. A last minute goal from John Hartson against Aston Villa at Selhurst Park in Burton's first game in charge gave the Dons hope of staying up as long as they matched the result of Bradford City against Liverpool in the final game of the year. A defeat at Southampton on the final day of the season, and a shock 2-0 win at Valley Parade for Bradford meant that Wimbledon's fight against relegation was lost. Despite this, during pre-season Burton was given the role of first team manager permanently. Wimbledon achieved respectable top-ten finishes in both of their first two seasons outside the top flight since 1985–86, playing a short passing game, rather than the long-ball the Dons were well known for, but never really made a serious promotion challenge. Although he was popular with the club's fans, Burton incurred the wrath of the chairman after speaking out against the club's proposed relocation to Milton Keynes, and he was promptly sacked just after the end of the 2001–02 season. He was replaced by goalkeeping coach Stuart Murdoch. Before moving to Cardiff City, Burton had spent two years with Watford as assistant manager to Ray Lewington. His role at Vicarage Road had begun during the summer of 2002, shortly after he was sacked as manager of Wimbledon.
10/11/2008 14:52:00
Blimey Ninj, are you ghosting the bloke's autobiography? Or preparing to go on Mastermind with TB as your specialist subject? This is quite a passage
10/11/2008 22:32:00
so...we'ne got tA as manager, and tB as the asst..are we going to poach Terry Connor ( tC)back to fratton form Wolves to have a perfect flush
plymouth graham
10/11/2008 22:41:00
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