TONY ADAMS is in talks with Portsmouth about succeeding Harry Redknapp as Portsmouth manager.
Portsmouth were left managerless after Redknapp’s shock move to Tottenham following Juande Ramos’s dismissal.
Pompey chief executive Peter Storrie said on Sunday the club would take its time finding a manager after Redknapp left the club late on Saturday.
But it is believed Adams, who has been Redknapp’s assistant at Fratton Park since 2006, is a serious contender for the post.
Former Wycombe Wanderers boss Adams and first-team coach Joe Jordan took charge of the team for Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Fulham.
Ex-Arsenal defender Adams, Jordan, former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce and ex-Chelsea manager Avram Grant are among the contenders to take the job full time, but Storrie has refused to provide any clues regarding the club’s intentions.
For his part Redknapp has already put in a good word for both Adams and Jordan.
“I spoke to Peter about it and said ‘you’ve got Joe and Tony, and they are both terrific guys’,” Redknapp said.
“Joe is very experienced, Tony is up-and-coming in the managerial game and works very hard. I don’t think either of them would do any harm, for sure.”
Meanwhile Redknapp is interested in bringing Jermain Defoe back to White Hart Lane if the England striker becomes available.
Defoe left Spurs for Portsmouth in January after finding his opportunities limited but the departures of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane means he would command a regular starting place if he moved back.
Redknapp said: “If he ever came back up for sale then I’m sure we would be interested.”
After arriving from Pompey at the weekend, Redknapp will have full control of transfers after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy scrapped the club’s continental structure.
Defoe would offer options in attack as Redknapp currently has only two senior strikers, although Roman Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent both scored against Bolton.
Redknapp is expected to use Luka Modric in a free role behind a lone striker until January after the Croatia playmaker put in a man-of-the-match performance against Bolton.
Redknapp’s appointment has been welcomed by Spurs players, with suggestions senior players were unhappy with head coach Juande Ramos in the final weeks before his dismissal on Saturday.
“I think the appointment is brilliant, Harry has been there before with teams and produced his magic and I’m very confident he can do it with us,” captain Ledley King said.
“Harry came in and told the players ‘You are good players but it’s about confidence’. He believes we can get out of it and we responded.
“The players seem to have a weight off their shoulders against Bolton for some reason. That was more like us.”
Redknapp has brought in Kevin Bond as a coach and he will also bring in at least one assistant, with former Spurs midfielder Tim Sherwood in the frame.
Ramos, meanwhile, has been linked with jobs in Spain with Atletico Madrid and in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk.
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