In Tony Adams’ new autobiography, Sober, the former Arsenal skipper has once again made a very public dig at his former manager, Arsene Wenger.
- Adams’ book, Sober: Football. My Story. My Life., is being serialised by the S*n
- Doesn’t believe Wenger can coach
- Echoes other players’ claims that the Frenchman doesn’t like big characters
- Former captain is currently manager of relegated La Liga club Granada
Adams was rumoured to have turned down a coaching role at Arsenal in the summer, instead choosing to accept a job as head of Chongqing Lifan’s academy in China.
The same club that recently joined forces with La Liga club, Granada, that Adams became manager of in April.
However, Adams claims that it was Wenger who didn’t want him at Arsenal because he doesn’t like big characters.
“Perhaps Arsene thought I might be too challenging for him,” he wrote for his new autobiography, Sober, which is out on 1 June.
What’s more is that he doesn’t believe that the Frenchman can actually coach.
“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,'” Adams said.
“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.”
The former centre-back does go on to acknowledge that Wenger was the best man for the job while he had an English defence. However, Adams reckons that ‘a lot was lost and never recovered’ when Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell left in 2006.
As harsh as Adams’ comments are, it’s true that the Gunners’ success has stalled since the move from Highbury to the Emirates and they’ve not won a title since 2004.
Saying this, to claim that Arsene Wenger couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag is completely unnecessary and comes across as rather bitter.
When questioned over Adams’ latest comments during his pre-Everton presser on Friday morning, Wenger stated, “I do not give too much importance to what Tony Adams says, honestly.”