Date:Friday June 22 2007
It was thought that Tony Adams would be at Pompey for a year and that would be it, then it looked like he might stay after all - and now he will. Pompey chief exec Peter Storrie has said in The News that he will be staying.
'Tony is staying for another season and has verbally agreed another contract.
'Harry wanted to keep him. He's an important part of his management team and that's what we have done.
'I don't think there was any doubt of Tony staying anyway; it's just that he has been having trouble with his back through the day-to-day travelling'.
When Adams originally broke the news that he would be leaving Pompey at the end of the 2006/07 season it did come as a surprise, but you could understand his reasoning. Since then all signs had pointed towards him staying after all and the fact that he will makes him a great signing for the club for a second summer running.
Quite where Adams would have gone to had he left I do not know, so it makes sense to stay here to continue the work he has started - not to mention continue his learning curb.
The impact he had on the club last season cannot be stressed enough. He worked miracles with our defence and we defended better than I have probably ever seen us defend - on the whole.
His being here also had a major bearing on Sol Campbell's arriving. Yep, Harry Redknapp is a big draw but had Adams not have been here I still feel Sol might not have either.
Adams seems to have a job in the waiting for him here, but Redknapp does not seem to be showing any signs that he will be calling it a day for a while so I would not expect Adams to hang around long enough to be our eventual next manager, but would not be surprised to see him stay again beyond the 2007/08 season - but just to have him for another season is a start.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday June 22 2007
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