Arsenal legend Tony Adams has decided to add some more pressure on Arsene Wenger ahead of crucial Premier League weekend which is likely to leave Gunners without a place in the Champions League next season.
With Arsenal scheduled to play against Everton in the final day of the season and the club’s hopes of landing a top-four finish hanging by a thread, Granada coach Tony Adams has issued a damning verdict of his time under the French tactician.
Adams spent almost twenty years at Arsenal, winning a total of ten major honours with the north London club. The 50-year-old moved on to reveal that Wenger blocked his return to Arsenal in a coaching capacity, which he believes had plenty to do with his character.
“Perhaps Arsene thought I might be too challenging for him,”
“He seemed to like an assistant such as Pat Rice or Steve Bould, both great club men who were not going to ruffle feathers. Arsene is so dominant that he was probably not going to like it if I said, ‘We’re conceding bad goals, I’m going to take the back four today and organise them.’ Because Arsene is essentially not a coach – and that is the second reason why I believe he didn’t want me. Back in the day I said in an interview coaching wasn’t Arsene’s strong point. Actually in the original draft, I said he couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag.”, Tony Adams said in his autobiography which is now serialised in the Sun.
Instead of kicking off his coaching career at Arsenal, Tony Adams has managed Wycombe and Portsmouth, before moving to Azerbaijan to coach Gabala. He most recently coached La Liga side Granada, taking over in April and failing to prevent the club from sliding into the second tier of Spanish football.
Arsene Wenger has, in the meantime, responded to Tony Adams criticism, claiming he ‘does not give much importance to what Tony Adams says’.