Tony Takes The Reins

Tony Adams has been chosen to succeed Harry Redknapp as the next Portsmouth manager and has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Adams was told last night by Peter Storrie last night that he had got the permanent role, much to the delight of the former Pompey assistant manager.

The new gaffer said: "I'm scared to bits but another bit of me is really excited - it's like Christmas, it's the best job in the world, I couldn't sleep last night."

Adams is reportedly looking to bring in Martin Keown as his assistant but also insists he'll do everything he can to stop Joe Jordan joining Harry Redknapp at Tottenham. He also vowed to do everything in his power to stop key players leaving in January:

"They're here because they are good players and other clubs will be interested in good players but my job is to keep them here and to get them to play well. At the moment they're responding well - they may not like me but at the moment it's going well."

Although Peter Storrie (who has been promoted from Chief Executive to Executive Chairman) said that he would be taking time to appoint a new manager, he said that the "huge shock" of Redknapp's departure and the likeable idea of continuity meant that Adams was the most logical choice.

The former Arsenal legend has been backed by Nigel Winterburn and Arsene Wenger to succeed in his new role at Portsmouth but although the Pompey fans are 100% behind the new boss, they are understandably sceptical about the appointment because of his lack of experience and his previous spell as manager of Wycombe Wanderers.

The only way we're going to find out if Tony Adams is a good manager or not is if the board and more importantly, the fans, give him enough time. So we all need to move on from the Redknapp era and give our full backing to Tony and whoever he brings in to assist him.