Former Arsenal defender and captain Tony Adams has been handed a coaching role with England’s Under-19 side.
Tony Adams’ coaching career hasn’t exactly set the world alight with a one year spell at Wycombe Wanders before a four year break, then a year at Portsmouth, another break and finally a year with Gabala FC.
As a player, he had a career at Arsenal which spanned well over 500 games and a career which turned him into an Arsenal legend, who is now the perfect example of the player who would fix any defensive woe the current side has.
Well, his coaching career is nowhere near that level yet but it may just about start to, because the FA have shown a massive leap of faith in him, offering him a role to coach the England Under-19 side.
It’s still not as high profile as taking on a club in the Premier League or a promotion chasing Championship side but it’s fundamentally important to several players, who are looking to make a name for themselves in the English game.
Adam is the sort of individual that Arsenal fans would love to take over from Arsene Wenger when the Frenchman eventually decides to walk away or retire.
However, he’s not at that level of management yet, he’s dipped his toe into the water and hasn’t liked the feeling of what he’s experienced so far in his career as a coach.
So what will Adams bring to the table which could turn him into a top flight boss over the next few years?
Well, he definitely brings a lot of passion to the table, which is important for any coach in terms of demanding the best from his players and what it means to play for that particular team.
From a defensive point of view, the Under-19 side is in good hands because there was no one better in Adam’s era when it came to doing the basics of defending and using common sense to get out of difficult tactical situations.
His man management skills will also become vital during his period with the England youngsters because they are all young man, who won’t take heavy doses of criticism easily. He’s almost like a mate who can put his arm around a shoulder after a bad 45 minutes of play.
He could be a very good manager in the making and he has been guilty into jumping into that side of the game too soon. He could end up at Arsenal one day as the boss, but he’s got a long way to go before he gets to that point.
Does Adams have what it takes to coach at the top level?
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