7 Great Players Who Became Terrible Managers

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You don’t need me to tell you that Tony Adams turns 47 today. Taking account of this landmark, we have decided to bring to you the definitive list of great managers who have made a hames of managing football clubs

Tony Adams

Adams was a colossus for Arsenal for almost 20 years, and team captain for most of that time. Led Arsenal to four championships in 89, 91, 98 and 2002 in a career that spanned the rough and ready George Graham era to the scientific Arsene Wenger era.

His sports science degree from Brunel University was no use to him in preventing Wycombe Wanderers slipping into League Two in 2004. After a terrible run of results the following season he was sacked in November. After short stints as assistant manager in Feynoord and Utrecht, he returned to become Harry Redknapp’s assistant at Portsmouth. After Redknapp buggered off to Spurs he then briefly became caretaker boss. And in what can only be described as a rush of blood to the head the Portsmouth board appointed him full-time boss in late October 2008. 16 games and 10 points later he took Portsmouth from the comfort of mid-table obscurity to within a point of the relegation zone. He was sacked in February ’09


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