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Adams staying for another year

Adams staying for another year

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.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday June 22 2007
Time: 9:07AM

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good to hear.
The Rabbi
22/06/2007 09:13:00
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It is superb news, Tony Adams has made a huge difference as coach to the defence, let's hope the year turns out to be another one as well.

The only thing about all this that bothers me is the fact that there is someone who has been silently working away, performing wonders in the absence of managers when they've come and gone, not moaned or complained, never run the club down and yet has always been there for us regardless. I am of course talking about Joe Jordan, who in my opinion has been exemplary and a superb ambassador for the club.
TruePompeyBlue
22/06/2007 09:45:00
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Yep, Joe Jordan is a fantastic servant to this club and seems irreplaceable, he also has credibility and some charisma with the hostile press - that's gotta help. Tony Adams seems to have been a big factor in our improvements last year. Although in intervies, ha has said that he spends more time with the forwards, there is no doubt that his knowledge and experience as a top class domestic and England defender must have had a bearing on the best defending I can remember from our team. I am so pleased he's staying. Thanks Tony.
Et_tu_Pompeii
22/06/2007 10:03:00
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BTW I also have a sneaky feeling Avram Grant has played a good part to, but he's not so easy to work out.
Et_tu_Pompeii
22/06/2007 10:04:00
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this is great news as i dont think we would be able to replace adams with such a prominent and popular defensive coach in the time constraints we have these days. good on him for staying. possibility of taking over HR in years if he can be bothered to stick around and then i would hope he would have learnt enough from HR to succeed quite comfortably at the head of this club. time will tell though.
spoiler
22/06/2007 12:36:00
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yep good news this, hopefully it means his issues with Dejan are done with. All we need now is a couple of strikers that will listen to T A and his defence from the front approach.
russellm
22/06/2007 14:21:00
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more than agree that this is good news but also more than agree with TPB and his comments on jordan - we often forget what he has done for pompey too... he could have easily buggered off when 'arry went but he stayed, he could have then moved on - or been dmoved on - when 'arry came back, but again thankfully he stay and we owe a great debt to the fella...
pompeyrug
22/06/2007 14:36:00
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