Tony Adams MBE, or Mister Arsenal as he is known to many Gooners who remember his incredible 22 years at the club, has been criticizing Wenger’s recent record of selling Arsenal’s best players every year, but despite that he is still very keen to return to “his club” as manager one day, and couldn’t even consider any other club in England in the meantime.
Adams has had two (very unsuccessful) stints at both Wycombe and Portsmouth but now has no further interest in working anywhere but Arsenal. He said: “I’ve done the lower leagues and it’s a different style of managing,” he said. “No disrespect but I don’t want to be Swansea boss, either. They probably don’t want me. Aston Villa? What’s the point? What can you do with them? So it’s the Arsenal or nothing and I’m not ready for that.
“But I’d love to manage Arsenal one day. Not at the moment because they have a very good manager who is off selling all their best players so I’d better not go there next week!
“I need something in between, maybe in Europe. My reputation as a coach is very good in Holland.
“I worked there for a long time at Feyenoord and Utrecht as a first team coach. If a mid-table team became available in Holland, although I wouldn’t do it in England because of my playing career, I would do it there.
“I see some managers that would take any club and get on the conveyor belt but it is not for me. I’d rather go and watch my kids play football.”
I should think that, after his recent comments, the present board are highly unlikely to pick him when Wenger retires, but you never know if someone like Usmanov takes over he may go for the popular vote. But there is the question; Would Arsenal fans want Adams to take over when Wenger finally retires?