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Pompey to turn to Adams
28 Oct 2008 - 10:09:06
Reports suggest Tony Adams will be confirmed as Portsmouth's new manager at a Tuesday lunchtime news conference at Fratton Park.
The 42-year-old former Arsenal defender had been working as Harry Redknapp's assistant manager on the south coast since June 2006.
However, Adams was named as Pompey's stand-in manager for Sunday's draw with Fulham after Redknapp was confirmed as Juande Ramos' successor at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night.
Adams had a 12-month spell in charge of Wycombe Wanderers, before resigning in November 2004.
Chief executive Peter Storrie had said that he would take his time appointing Redknapp's permanent successor, but appears to have decided to hand Adams the Fratton Park reins.
First-team coach Joe Jordan, former Bolton and Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce, and ex-Chelsea manager Avram Grant had also been linked with the post.
Redknapp had earlier said that either Adams or Jordan would be able to take on the role. He confirmed: "I spoke to Peter (Storrie) about it and said 'you've got Joe and Tony, and they're both terrific guys'.
"Joe's very experienced, Tony is up-and-coming in the managerial game and works very hard. I don't think either of them would do any harm, for sure."
Meanwhile, Storrie has rejected reports suggesting the club's financial position is dire, saying: "In the summer we sold Sulley Muntari for a club-record fee and sold Pedro Mendes.
"However, we used most of that money in bringing in Peter Crouch and Younes Kaboul and a couple of loan players.
"If we were to sell players we'd re-invest and bring other players in. We've got a very, very good squad here, a quality side and when January comes we'll approach it then.
"Sacha Gaydamak has owned this club for two-and-a-half years and has continued to put finance into the club to bring in players. It will be his decision in January whether he wants to continue that growth and expand."