Tony Adams has once again failed as a football manager, with the Pompey board calling time on his three-month stint at Fratton Park. Many supporters continued to back the former Arsenal defender, especially after the team came so close to beating Liverpool on Saturday. However, a failure to win since November has made the powers-that-be understandably twitchy.
So who’s going to replace Adams in the Portsmouth hotseat? Early betting suggests that Alan Curbishley and Avram Grant are the two favourites, with the latter having already been employed as a technical director of football at Fratton Park. The Times reports that Adams has been sacked, but just who should be his replacement?
“This has been a very difficult decision and Tony has worked tirelessly to arrest the slump in form,” a club statement read. “He is rightfully highly-respected within the football world and played a major role in our FA Cup triumph last season. We would like to thank him and John and wish them well in the future.
“The owner and the board feel they have been as supportive as they can during a period where results have been poor. The team has played well but too many points have been dropped from winning positions. “
Alan Curbishley is currently the 7/4 favourite to be next Portsmouth manager, which is no surprise when you recall he kept West Ham afloat two seasons ago. Pompey need someone experienced who can turn things around quickly. Avram Grant might not be a popular choice, although he seemed to do reasonably well at Chelsea and has strong connections with the club’s owners. Who do Pompey supporters want to see in charge for the rest of the season?