Tony Adams believes Arsenal return is impossible with Arsene Wenger at the club


Tony Adams believes Arsenal return is impossible with Arsene Wenger at the club
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Arsenal won the league with Arsene Wenger as boss and Tony Adams as captain in 1997-98.

May 19 2017

Tony Adams does not think a return to Arsenal is possible while Arsene Wenger is at the club after once claiming the Frenchman "couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag".

Adams won 10 major honours in a 19-year stay at the Gunners and went out in style in 2002 on the back of a league and cup double.

The 50-year-old, who is currently managing LaLiga side Granada, claims he tried to return to the club on four occasions in a coaching capacity, but was overlooked each time.

Adams, who has a statue outside the Emirates Stadium, reckons he is too big a character for Wenger and that counted against him.

Speaking in his autobiography Sober, serialised in the Sun, he said: "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. And though I modified that in the final article, it didn't go down well.

"It all left me feeling that I would never get a chance in any capacity while Arsene was there.

"Much as I respected him for his long and successful tenure, my occasional willingness to pass comment on him and the team probably counted against me."

Adams is currently back in the dugout for the first time since 2011 but his SOS mission at Granada could not have gone worse as he has lost all six of his games in charge and been unable to prevent relegation.

Arsenal won the league with Arsene Wenger as boss and Tony Adams as captain in 1997-98.
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