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Adams wants to manage Arsenal

Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams,'Mr Arsenal` himself, has said that he would love to manage Arsenal one day. While claiming he would have left his role as Portsmouth`s Assistant Manager alongside Harry Redknapp had a role at Arsenal been offered he has said that he is content with his present position for the present.

Speaking at an England fans' forum hosted by the Nationwide Building Society who sponsor the international team the former legendary defender said that he is waiting for Arsene Wenger to give way.

'Arsene won't move over will he?!' he joked. 'I keep saying to him: 'When are you going to move over and let me have a bash?' But, at the moment, he still seems to be enjoying himself - although one day!"

Arsene Wenger is contracted to the club for another 3 years and has never failed to complete a contract so the earliest opportunity for Adams or anyone else to take-over the reins would be 2011. Though most would probably still hope that Wenger would be willing to commit himself to the club for even longer.

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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 18 2008

Time: 5:41PM

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I would like to see Tony take a Steve Bould type role at Arsenal. If he were to take over at Arsenal (and that's a massive IF) he's got a lot of work to do before he's ready!!
let him learn from Wenger for a season or two BEFORE he takes over. i am not sure who other coaches or managers train their teams like us.
I'd love to see him in our dugout in the future. So between now and 2011, I hope he keeps doing a good job with Pompey, possibly takes up a role back at the Arsenal. But with Pat Rice seemingly also not going anywhere, and Big Tone apparently not ready to take up a "lesser" role like defensive coach or reserves coach, I don't know. I do hope he comes back though of course.
Lou the Gunneress
Just because he was a good player, doesn't necessarily mean he will be a good manager. If he has dreams of managing Arsenal one day, he needs to achieve something at the highest level in football management. I would be really disappointed if he was just handed the job without having earned it. A top club like Arsenal needs the best manager there is and there is no room for sentiment.
He is doing well for us at Pompey & learning from thr great 'arry but it's a big jump to mananging you. Time will tell if TA can make the leap.
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Hey Gunner24, you go to register at and then join the mini league called "Vital Arsenal" and use password "Wenger". The more the merrier!
Lou the Gunneress
He should take up a role as deffensive coach/Assistant to Arsene before taking on the whole thing. I'd like to see him take the job one day but I wouldn't want him doing it badly and tarnishing our club and his status as club legend. He needs far more experience.
I'd like to see him back at Arsenal in some kind of role in the future. It's all a bit speculative I know, but with Dennis Bergkamp quietly making small steps towards coaching, I'd love to see him having a crack too somewhere down the line. Our attacking nature as a club may well support that. Still, whoever it may be I just hope that they are from the generation of players that have played under Wenger and have also seen the day to day running of the club, how our scouting network works etc. I'm sure our future will be left in safe hands.........Safe there's a thought, lol 8-)
It's great to hear that Tony wants to manage The Arsenal one day, but as mention above he needs to prove himself by managing a mid-table team successfully first imo. Then maybe he would be ready for The Arsenal, but has seen before Great players often fail at management. So Time will Tell!
Bergkamp can't be manager as long as we're in the CL because he doesn't fly!
I don't fly either afri, wherever I go in Europe I motorbike it. It's not practical I know, but it's doable. With modern technology also being what it is, he could even send a number 2 to cover the farthest reaches of Europe and do everything by phone/skype, well you name it really. Besides, this is The Dennis Bergkamp we're talking about. He could be probably communicate to his players via long distance telepathy. Who needs to fly? 8-)
Would LOVE to see Adams working with us as a defensive coach. We sorely need someone like him, our defence needs some work, IMO. When we had Keown doing a similar job the results were awesome. GET HIM IN, ARSENE!!
I think he's deluding himself, if he thinks he'll ever be a good enough manager, to manage us, let alone Arsenal. He is what he is, a good assistant and good defensive coach.If I was him, i'd keep my opinions to myself, be glad of a job and keep my head down and learn. If? Arsene wanted him in anyway shape or form, don't you think the phone would have rung by now? The ego has landed.
I its ok for Keane, Pearce, Hughes , Ince, Southgate, Keegan, Gullit, Dalglish, Hoddle,Vialli, Ardilles, Souness , and they are just a few that spring to mind that have managed in the top flight with little or NO experience,....but big Tone has an ego problem does he ????
Legendary player and legendary captain, but let's be honest, the guy is a bit of an idiot. I'd be haopy for him to be involved in the coaching set-up, but Adams taking over the Arsenal reigns would be akin to Souness taking over at Liverpool. Disasterous.
Adams taking over at Arsenal would be nothing akin to Souness taking over at liverpool....Souness was already an experience manager with three scottish titles at Rangers under his belt....He ran into problems at Liverpool because he tried to start a revolution at Liverpool by completely restructuring the playing and coaching staff....that is something I could not see Tony Adams attempting or even being allowed to attempt.....but nonetheless I do agree.....a place on the coaching staff will do !!
Let's be honest, if you're managing Rangers, you've got a 50/50 chance of winning the title. It doesn't make you a great manager. Souness has consistently proven himself has a bad manager, not only tactically, but also as a man manager. Adams is from the same school, I'd much rather have a continental 'thinker' again.
Nobody said Souness was a great manager...just did not agree the point that Adams as manager of Arsenal would be akin to Souness at Liverpool......also I am not sure how you can say Adams is from the same Adams a bad man manager ?
Agree to disagree regarding Souness, both are unproved at the top level (my point being the Scottish league doesn't count!). Reports from his time at Wycombe would suggest that Adams was neither a good manager, not a good manager. Comments made to the media, particularly such as those about Rooney pre Euro 2004 suggest he isn't a great talent spotter either.

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