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Tony Adams To Leave Pompey

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.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 24 2006

Time: 2:53PM

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This will undoubtably be a blow to Pompey. He was not going to stay forever, certainly not as a number two (and was always likely to leave for Arsenal as soon as the job came up regardless) but thought he'd stay longer than one season. Let's hope it doesn't impact to badly when he does leave. I've always been keen on Jamie Redknapp arriving as he has a good knowledge of football so maybe 'arry can talk him round to the idea at last? Sol is another option, wealth of experience and it's something he wants to do at some point...
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24/12/2006 14:58:00

Wow! well I gotta say im gutted about this! It seems Adams has been great for us, the problem is you never know how much input he has had, but the type of character he is, it could only benifit pompey having yet another top pro associated with the team.
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24/12/2006 16:44:00

This is absolute nonsense,craving the attention of someone whose heart is elsewhere ,is hardly the way forward,is it ? Tony showed at Wycombe that he is farfrom the finished article,and yet,on the back of our success,he suddenly sees himself as some sort of messiah ? Get real !!! You're a great bloke Tony,who has played his part in a great team effort........ but let's not kid ourselves on !!
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24/12/2006 19:07:00

A bit shocked on the news but thinks he might think he is getting a bit carried away with himself.
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25/12/2006 14:16:00

happy chrimbo all and Good article rugster just a couple of observations. #1 it is not a surprise, TA has always said he jumped into management too soon and was looking to learn from an experienced manager and follow this by maybe learning from the technicalities of the game in Europe. once he has done this he will not be going to the Wycombs of this world. #2 Storage / lincspf have you been drinking with the grinch, we have built from the back, we are organised, recently OUR DEFENDERS SCORE MORE THAN OUR STRIKERS !!! before TA arrived when had you seen that? He was a massive part of Sol coming and was to be seen working one on one with Linvoy ( notice a change anybody), he introduced Kanu to defending from the front ( he was once rumoured to have even tackled back). As Sol says TA doesnt train him anymore he makes them think.... You think this was Harry's doing, to put it mildly chaps i am a bit surprised. Gents go through Hary's interviews back through the season and he's been saying for Months " i hope Tony stays". Good luck Tony, he has said he doesnt want to be a purely defensive coach, he has been open and honest my only concern is anouncing so early he does not become yesterday's man with the players, with the inevitable negative effect on results.
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26/12/2006 10:23:00

He seems to have done great there, and maybe if nothing comes up he will stay, but if he goes you've got to wish him good luck. It definetely is the Arsenal job he craves, but he needs to build some reputation as a manager up first.
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