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Pompey axe Adams

Monday, February 9, 2009

Tony Adams has been sacked as Portsmouth boss after the team managed just two wins in 15 league matches under his leadership.

According to The Sun, anxious Pompey owner Alexandre Gaydamak, who is currently trying to sell the club, fears he will never find a buyer if his club are relegated from the Premier League. Therefore, he decided to swing the axe before the team were plunged into the bottom three.

Adams has endured a difficult start to Premier League management after stepping up to the top job at Fratton Park in October following Harry Redknapp’s controversial decision to move to Tottenham.

Portsmouth have not won a league match since November and have plunged from seventh place in the table to 16th — just one point above the relegation zone.

Ironically, Adams' first and last league matches in charge were against Liverpool. The Fratton Park outfit lost 1-0 at Anfield and 3-2 at home on Saturday evening.

A club source said: "Tony was told about the decision in a phone call from the chief executive on Sunday afternoon. It came as a complete surprise to him as he had previously been told he was safe until the end of the season.

"But Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat by Liverpool has left the club too close to the bottom three for comfort and the owner has reluctantly decided something had to change."

Pompey coaches Paul Hart and Guy Whittingham have been placed in temporary charge of team affairs, but Gaydamak hopes to have a new boss in place before Saturday’s crucial home match against Manchester City.

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