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Portsmouth expected to appoint Adams as manager

Portsmouth expected to appoint Adams as manager

Portsmouth will announce its new manager on Tuesday, with Tony Adams expected to succeed Harry Redknapp.
The former Arsenal captain, who had been assistant to Redknapp at Portsmouth since June 2006, has long been touted as a likely Premier League manager _ even after he resigned from a poor spell at Wycombe in November 2004.
"When I bought Tony Adams in, Tony wanted to be manager one day," Redknapp said Tuesday. "I thought, 'Come with me for a year or two and you can step into my job.' That's how I felt about it then."
The 42-year-old Adams followed his yearlong coaching debut at Wycombe, which included relegation to League Two and a poor run in the following season, with stints in the Netherlands, helping train a Feyenoord youth side and joining the FC Utrecht first team as a trainee coach.
With Redknapp having quit to join Tottenham late Saturday night, Adams and fellow coach Joe Jordan took charge of Sunday's 1-1 draw with Fulham.
The former England defender's first match in sole charge is likely to be Wednesday's visit to Premier League leader Liverpool _ the only unbeaten side in the division.
Redknapp said he had left Portsmouth in a strong position after winning last season's FA Cup _ the club's first trophy for 58 years _ and that any successor would enjoy the fruits of his hard work.
"Whoever takes over there is taking over a top class group of footballers," Redknapp said. "I've left the best group of players behind that they've ever had."
Portsmouth has certainly shown itself to be defensively strong, which was a trademark of the teams Adams played in. Chosen as Arsenal captain in 1988 at age 21, Adams spent his entire 22-year playing career with the Gunners and made 66 appearances for England.
With Steve Bould alongside him and Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn at fullback, Adams was part of a defense assembled by George Graham that was the basis for three league championship winning teams.
Central defenders Sol Campbell and Sylvain Distin seemed to benefit from Adams' tutelage as Portsmouth conceded just one goal in six matches en route to winning the FA Cup.
But Adams won admiration for his character as well as his playing and coaching abilities.
In September 1996, following a lengthy binge that followed England's elimination from the European Championship semifinals, Adams publicly acknowledged that he was alcoholic _ and successfully fought an addiction that brought humiliations including a four-month jail sentence for driving while drunk.
His rehabilitation continued under Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who built his first sides on Graham's defense and whose introduction of a new dietary regime and training methods was credited with extending Adams' career.
Such was his longevity that in 1998 and 2002 Adams added the double of Premier League and FA Cup to the league titles he won in 1989 and 1991. Adams _ who also won the League Cup twice, the European Cup Winners' Cup and the FA Cup _ is the only player to have captained a team to the English league title in three different decades.


Updated : 2021-06-14 09:40 GMT+08:00