columnist Rob Facey wonders if Tony Adams is the man to replace
Harry Redknapp as Portsmouth manager and could this be the moment he shows the
Arsenal board he is a potential successor to Arsene Wenger?
Tony Adams is to be given a trial period as Portsmouth
manager, according to the Mirror,
starting with yesterday's 1-1 draw with Fulham.
Adams, 42, is a popular figure on the South Coast and has
emerged as the early favourite for the job, despite likely interest from big
names including Terry Venables and even Avram Grant.
UEFA Cup football awaits whoever takes over the job on a
permanent basis, including a visit from AC Milan, so it is likely Peter Storrie
will have a tough decision picking a replacement though he will not be rushed.
Sam Allardyce was another who was quick to declare his
interest in the job at Fratton Park, but his direct style is unlikely to win
over the fans, especially following the attacking style that Redknapp favoured.
While Adams will not be happy with the marking for Fulham's
late equaliser yesterday, he is likely to be given a few matches in charge of
There are five games before the visit of AC Milan, including
a trip to Anfield and a visit from high flying Hull, and Adams and Joe Jordan
will most likely be in charge for these fixtures.
Adams is making great strides as a Premier League coach and
is clearly heading for a great managerial career.
If Adams was offered the job at Fratton Park he would
undoubtedly take it, so could this be the opportunity to show Gunners' chiefs
that he could one day manage at the Emirates?
Although the Frenchman is not looking to leave any time
soon, a long term successor would fit in with the Arsenal ethic, rather than
chopping and changing managers.
Could one of the most promising English managers, and former
captain of the club, be the right man for the job when the situation arises?
He needs success on a comparatively smaller scale, so
starting off at Pompey and doing a good job there would put him in great stead.
Is Adams a future Arsenal manager? What does he need to do
over the next few years to make sure he is in the running for the job?