Date:Sunday December 24 2006
Since arriving at Pompey in the summer, having previously managed Wycombe Wanderers briefly before doing some coaching in Holland Adams has been a revelation. It is no coincidence that our defence has improved dramatically since the former Arsenal captain's arrival. His arrival probably proved pivotal in Sol Campbell's decision to move to the South Coast also, which is also another key factor in our vastly improved defensive displays this season.
Adams is now ready to test himself as a hands on manager again and feels he is ready to move on to a new challenge where he is the gaffer and this will happen at the end of the current season. Speaking in the Sunday Mirror he said.
"The agreement between myself and Harry Redknapp was always that I'd stay at Fratton Park for a year."
"We have a great working relationship and I have learned an awful lot under Harry."
"But assistant manager is the most frustrating job in football. You make suggestions not decisions."
He also reiterated his desire to one day return to Arsenal as the head honcho when Arsene Wenger finally decides to call it a day.
"Who wouldn't jump at the chance of that? Of course I'd love to manage Arsenal. The club was part of my life for so long."
"Okay, Highbury will always be my home but what a fantastic setup they have."
"Everything is in place - the backroom staff, the facilities, the training ground, and the scouting network is phenomenal."
It was always unlikely that Adams would remain at Fratton Park playing second fiddle forever but staying for only one season does surprise me somewhat, although I for one will not hold this against him and will thank him for all he has done in the short period of time he has been with us when he does go.
When Adams goes does this open the door for Jamie Redknapp to be approached again? It is no secret that 'arry wants Jamie to work alongside him so a further year down the line may be more appealing to him with a view to taking over in the long-term? Another option could possibly be Sol becoming a player coach, that way we keep him for a while longer as a player and he is also in place to maybe take over himself in the long-term? This is already something that Sol has hinted at maybe being interested in.
Date:Sunday December 24 2006
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