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Football: Adams Vows To Return After Portsmouth Sacking

Posted on: February 9, 2009

LONDON: Tony Adams insisted on Monday his sacking as manager of Premier League strugglers Portsmouth would not deter him from taking charge of another club.

Former Arsenal and England captain Adams was forced out following a run of results which had left Portsmouth, seventh in the table when he took over in October, just a point above the relegation zone.

However, Adams told BBC Radio Solent on Monday: “It’s not turned me off management that’s for sure.

“I’ve just got to make sure I get all the parameters right before I walk into the next one.”

He added: “I can’t wait to get back in and have another bash. But I won’t be impulsive, I’ve got to learn from that and make sure I get things right.”

Adams was promoted from assistant manager when Harry Redknapp, who guided the south coast club to FA Cup glory last year, left to join Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Pompey won just two out of 15 league games under Adams, whose Dutch assistant John Metgod also left Fratton Park on Monday.

The overall record of four wins in 22 under Adams which included defeats that knocked them out of the FA Cup and saw them eliminated from the UEFA Cup.

Adams’ final match in charge was Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Liverpool.

Paul Hart, the club’s director of youth operations, will take over as caretaker manager until a new boss is appointed.

Reports said Alan Curbishley and ex-Chelsea manager Avram Grant, a former Portsmouth technical director, were on a shortlist to take over, although Curbishley might be prevented from doing so as he is embroiled in a legal wrangle with his former club West Ham United.

A Portsmouth spokesman said: “This has been a very difficult decision and Tony has worked tirelessly to arrest the slump in form.

“He is rightfully highly respected within the football world and played a major role in our FA Cup triumph last season.

“We would like to thank him and John and wish them well in the future.

“The owner and the board feel they have been as supportive as they can during a period where results have been poor.

“The team has played well but too many points have been dropped from winning positions,” the statement said, with Saturday’s match against Liverpool – where Pompey were twice in front – the most recent example.

In the January transfer window Pompey saw the influential duo of midfielder Lassana Diarra, who joined Real Madrid, and striker Jermain Defoe, who returned to Tottenham, leave Fratton Park.

Portsmouth’s last Premier League win was against Blackburn Rovers on November 30 – shortly before the Lancashire side sacked Paul Ince, Adams’ ex-England team-mate, as their manager.

Adams’ only other managerial position before taking over at Portsmouth was an unsuccessful spell in charge of lower league Wycombe which saw them demoted to the fourth tier. – AFP/de

Channel News Asia

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