Adams agrees new Pompey deal

Tony Adams has agreed a new one-year deal to stay with FA Cup winners Portsmouth as assistant manager.

The former Arsenal and England star, Pompey boss Harry Redknapp’s right-hand man, has succumbed to the lure of UEFA Cup football next season and put on hold his ambitions to become a manager in his own right for at least another 12 months.

Adams’ current one-year deal is about to expire but Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie has confirmed he will sign a new one.

Adams, who was influential in the introduction of the 4-5-1 system which largely earned Pompey 23 clean sheets last season, has settled for a third campaign at Fratton Park under Redknapp – the two previous ones both resulting in top 10 Premier League finishes.

Storrie said: “I have spoken to Tony’s agent and it has been verbally agreed for him to stay for another 12 months.

“Obviously we are delighted with this news as he has become a key part of what we are trying to achieve at this football club.”

Meanwhile, Pompey have rejected as “completely untrue” a report that they have signed Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Mattos, 24, from Greek club Panathinaikos by activating a release-clause in his contract with a bid of £5.9m.

Mattos has impressed in his first season in Greece, attracting much attention from other clubs in Europe, after arriving last summer from Sao Paulo’s Corinthians where he was once a team-mate of Manchester United ace Carlos Tevez and Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano.

But the player who is believed to be part-owned by agent Pini Zahavi, a close friend of Pompey owner Sacha Gaydamak, is not one of the five stars Pompey say they want to sign this summer.

Pompey’s communications director Gary Double said: “There is no truth in this report at all.”

More in this Section

Liverpool new boy Takumi Minamino living up to Jurgen Klopp’s expectationsLiverpool new boy Takumi Minamino living up to Jurgen Klopp’s expectations

Bournemouth hope magic of Harry Potter can conjure up FA Cup progressBournemouth hope magic of Harry Potter can conjure up FA Cup progress

Pliskova joins other big name casualties at Australian OpenPliskova joins other big name casualties at Australian Open

Jose Mourinho says Tottenham’s winter break scheduled at the ‘wrong moment’Jose Mourinho says Tottenham’s winter break scheduled at the ‘wrong moment’


Lifestyle

Food news with Joe McNameeThe Menu: Upcoming food highlights

THE health properties of tea have long been advertised. “It maketh the body active and lusty” a 1660 promotion suggested. However, before you dunk your teabag into a mug of steaming water, spare a thought for the environment. Some have polypropylene to help to seal them and it doesn’t decompose.Storm in a teacup: Top 8 loose-leaf teas

Bestselling author Isabel Allende talks to Rowena Walsh about life, grief, and why it’s never too late to fall in loveIsabel Allende: It's never too late to fall in love

Cliffs of Moher Retreat owner Michelle Moroney has written a book on finding self-worth and stepping back from our 24/7 lives. She talks to Marjorie Brennan about the need to unwindMichelle Moroney highlights the need to take stock of our lives

More From The Irish Examiner