Tony Adams will be confirmed as Portsmouth’s new manager at a Fratton Park press conference at 1pm today.
Adams took charge of the club’s 1-1 draw with Fulham on Saturday alongside Joe Jordan, the head coach, after previous manager, Harry Redknapp, left to take over at Tottenham Hotspur.
There have been plenty anumber in the frame for the job since Redknapp’s sudden departure last Saturday, including Sam Allardyce, the former Bolton Wanderers manager, and Avram Grant, who was brought to the South Coast by Alexandre Gaydamak, the owner, in June 2006 as technical director.
It was reported yesterday that Adams was in talks with Gaydamak and Peter Storrie, Portsmouth’s chief executive, although the club strenuously denied this.
Redknapp has already put in a good word for Adams and Jordan.
“I spoke to Peter about it and said ‘you’ve got Joe and Tony, and they are both terrific guys’,” Redknapp said.
“Joe is 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.”
Adams has had one unsuccessful spell as manager since retiring as a player for Arsenal, when he briefly took charge of Wycombe Wanderers during the 2003-04 season.