Date: 11th April 2017 at 2:28pm
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Tony Adams, my how Arsenal could do with him whipping a few players’ backsides into shape – maybe that of Arsene Wenger too, has made a return to football management.

Adams has endured difficult spells since ending his glittering playing career with the Gunners, having cracks in management at Wycombe in the lower leagues then Portsmouth, a Premier League side at the time.

Now, after a spell in Azerbaijan a few years back, Adams is back in the saddle at La Liga strugglers Granada where the Arsenal legend, 50, looks to make his mark in Spain.

Our friends at Vital Pompey, recalling his spell on the south coast whilst wishing him well in Sunny Spain, share this with us.

The cruel among us would say former Pompey manager Tony Adams’ new side, Granada, are the ones who will need ‘luck’… I, given the fact the Spanish side are seven points from safety in La Liga, prefer to think of it as Adams himself the one needing luck in his new job.

Adams, the former England and Arsenal – where he’s a club legend – captain, has stepped up to the plate as manager of Granada with the ex-Pompey boss appointed until the end of the season.

I’m sure many are thinking, why Adams? The fact that he’s vice president of DDMC – the company owned by Granada president, Chinese businessman, John Jiang – has helped, let’s face it.

Admittedly Adams didn’t have the best of spells at Fratton Park but I still, to this day, feel he got us playing some really good football at times that I found highly entertaining to watch. However, at the end of the days it’s a ‘results based business’, as they say, and he wasn’t getting many…

He was also probably a little unfortunate to be in charge at a time – despite the talent Adams had to select from – when things were beginning to belly up… then again the fact the players, who clearly have all the power at higher levels, weren’t playing FOR HIM didn’t help either, did it?

Still, Adams will NEVER have the fact he was in charge on THAT night against AC Milan taken away from him. Fratton was rocking like I’ve never known it to before, probably never will again, in that most famous of 2-2 draws with the Italian giants. Yes, I know we let a two goal lead slip but Milan had that magic, luck too, we couldn’t quite contain in the end.

Best of luck to Adams, 50, in succeeding where Lucas Alcaraz – sacked on Monday with the Spanish club 19th in La Liga – failed.


Used courtesy of Vital Pompey.

His previous ventures at playing boss haven’t worked out too well but if Adams can perform an apparent miracle with Granada – where he wouldn’t be expected to keep them in the Spanish topflight? – it could yet kick-start a managerial career?

Now, I wouldn’t for one moment suggest this could be used as a precursor to him one day returning to Arsenal in a fairytale ending with Adams becoming Gunners boss – that isn’t something I could ever envisage.

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