Tony Adams turns Arsenal down!
It hasn’t been widely reported in the news but you may have heard that Gunners legend Tony Adams has followed in Thierry Henry’s footsteps by rejecting Arsenal’s approach of a coaching role at the club.
Thierry Henry famously turned down Arsenal’s offer a few weeks back to coach the Arsenal youth set up, but was in favour of staying with SkySports as a football pundit instead. Many fans vented their disappointment and frustration at Henry, however it seems that perhaps it’s Arsene Wenger and the club officials who are not making the role all too attractive. Adams supposedly joined up with Arsenal in order to work alongside Henry, but following on from the Frenchman’s resignation from his role with the Gunners, Adams has also left the set up.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that Adams was offered the Under 18’s managerial role after Henry’s rejection, but he has chosen to leave the club in favour of a move to China. The telegraph state: “Adams travelled to China for talks with Chongqing this week and it is understood the former Arsenal captain will become the club’s head of youth development on a lucrative contract.”
Adams therefore joins Henry, Bergkamp, Arteta and Vieira in choosing to progress their life after football away from Arsenal and join a coaching set up elsewhere across the footballing world. Adams hasn’t been a major success in management since retiring from professional football and has had failed attempts at Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Azerbaijan side Gabala, so perhaps it’s a good thing he didn’t join up with Arsenal.
I still hope that one day we might see Arsenal legends leading the line as coaches at the club in the not too distant future, but for now we will have to see how our legends fair elsewhere. But who should Arsenal turn to next to pass on their experiences to the Gunners youngsters?