Is a stint in Turkey the last chance for Tony Adams?

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Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams is being linked with a move to Turkish club Antalyaspor.

It’s the sort of managerial job, which is difficult to judge because it could easily add to Adams' poor coaching record so far just as easily as it could give him greater authority with the Gunners.

Adams has managed three teams so far during his career; Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Gabala and it’s a potential job which could see him lose all credibility at managerial level.

Adams has been making a lot of noise attached to his former club over the last few days which relates to the running of the club, the manager and how he could sort out the ‘mess’ that the Gunners currently find themselves in.

“The reality is if they need me - I am there. There needs to be mediation between the owner and a few other board members. I know the standards and the values of the club,” he said.

He is very much Mr Arsenal but it’s difficult to see how he could make any difference in the basic running of the club and the efficiency that Arsenal can produce greater than it already is.

It’s clear that Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger want silverware, the club has money and is expected to make big signings ahead of the new Premier League season.

The issues Adams seem to have relate to the running of the club away from the pitch, but Arsenal are solid financially and structured to remain one of the biggest clubs in Europe for a very long time.

Should he take up this chance to go and coach in Turkey, it will more than likely be a job which he will want to use to enhance his reputation as a manager and a coach.

If he goes and then leaves within one year, which he did with Portsmouth and Gabala, it will be further proof that he’s not cut out to get involved at the very top level of a club, in any capacity.

“If they need any advice around then I’d happily do that - the owner is in America a lot of the time so if he wants someone in the boardroom when the away directors come in I’d do that as well,” he added.

He’s very much an old school Arsenal fan because he enjoyed his success back in the Highbury days, before football really turned into the multi-million pound business it is today.

Things have moved on and football clubs are hiring professionals designed to manage, stabilise and enhance the various aspects of club which relate to business and creating profits.

Until Adams can get to grips with the modern running of football clubs and prove that he can produce success in that sort of environment, it’s doubtful that Wenger or anyone else at the club will let him anywhere near a position of authority.

Would you trust Adams with the modern day running of the club? Is an old school fan just what Arsenal need?

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