Tony Adams has already had an ill-fated managerial reign at Wycombe, and it appears to be a case of history repeating at Fratton Park. After a humiliating exit at the hands of Swansea in the FA Cup, Portsmouth have continued their slide down the Premier League thanks to defeats against Aston Villa and Fulham. Will the board now step in and try and stop the rot with a new face?
If The Times are to be believed, Peter Storrie is already looking at bringing in an ex-Chelsea manager who might not be the most popular of choices on the south coast. While Jose Mourinho would be a favourable choice, the jury might be out on Avram Grant, who has previously been employed at the club as a technical director.
Adams was defiant after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat away to Fulham, his team’s sixth loss in seven games, saying: “I don’t run away.” But Peter Storrie, the executive chairman, has been talking in the past 24 hours with Sacha Gaydamak, the Portsmouth owner, who was believed to be in Israel yesterday, and has canvassed opinion in the dressing-room, amid growing fears that Adams is incapable of stopping the rot, with the team only one point above the relegation zone.
Do any Portsmouth fans believe that Tony Adams can turn things around at Fratton Park, or should he be put out of his misery before the club reside in the relegation zone? Some of their defeats in the past couple of months have been pretty humiliating, not least losing to Newcastle 3-0 at home! Would the former Chelsea manager be the right man for a scrap at the wrong end of the table?