Adams Favourite For Pompey Job

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 27 October 2008
If you believe certain sources, Tony Adams is holding talks with Portsmouth to become the new manager of the club.

Redknapp's former assistant has been banned from talking about the job by the club but it is thought that he is very interested in becoming Pompey's permanent boss.

It is also thought that if Adams is not given the job full-time then he is no longer prepared to be a "number two" and he will look elsewhere for a full-on managerial role. Ipswich have been linked but Adams seems to be the fans' and bookmakers favourite for the role.

I'm still not sure if this would be the best move for Pompey. Adams was a great assistant but I am struggling to think of the last assistant manager who went on to become a good "number one". A great player does not make a great manager and Adams' previous experience at Wycombe Wanderers may indicate that he isn't up to the full time role.

However, that was a good few years ago now and since then he has picked up a wealth of knowledge from Redknapp and Steve Claridge insists that it is easier for former great players to manage at Premier League level rather than League Two level because they understand what it takes to succeed at the highest level and the calibre of players at Pompey will find it much easier to understand Adams than the Wycombe players did.

The two biggest questions about Adams is whether he'd have the motivational skills to get the players performing like Harry did and what will he be like in the transfer market come January? As an ex-Arsenal man perhaps he could persuade Wenger to let us keep Traore and he sure as hell wouldn't want to sell to Spurs!

Sam Allardyce, Avram Grant and Alan Curbishley all remain in the frame for the job whilst outsiders such as Gary Johnson and Slaven Bilic have also been mentioned.

The main priority is to sort this situation out quickly before the uncertainty around Portsmouth Football Club starts to have an effect on the performance of the players.

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