Tony Adams MBE

Tony Adams won ten major trophies as a player and has prepared thoroughly for a successful career in management.

The former Arsenal and England captain took charge of Premier League Portsmouth in October, 2008 after previously managing Wycombe and gaining experience as a coach with Dutch club Feyenoord.

Romford-born Adams served his entire 22-year playing career with Arsenal where the centre back was a formidable leader for both George Graham and Arsene Wenger. He was the bridge between two immensely successful management eras, enabling him to learn from men of differing styles.

With Adams as skipper from the age of 21, the Gunners won four league titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and the European Cup Winners Cup. He led the team to the league and cup double twice - in 1998 and again before his retirement in 2002.

Tony also became the only player to have captained a title-winning team in three different decades. For eight years, he was a regular at the heart of the England back four until he quit the international scene to intensify his focus on Arsenal in 2000.

He moved into management with Wycombe in 2003 and graduated from the LMA's Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick Business School.

Adams left Wycombe in the wake of the club's relegation from Division Two but remained committed to forging a new career. He accepted a coaching role at Feyenoord, with special responsibility for youth development, and was seconded for a three-week spell with Utrecht.

In June, 2006, Adams became assistant manager to Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth. Their first season together saw Pompey finish 9th, the club's highest position since the 1950s. Portsmouth won the FA Cup the following year and when Redknapp left for Tottenham, Adams was promoted to manager.

Adams was appointed Football Director at FC Gabala in Azerbaijan in January 2015 after five years with the club, first as Head Coach and then adviser to FC Gabala's president.

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