Tony Adams named as Granada manager until end of season

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Adams, 50, was appointed as the Spanish club’s sporting director by the Chinese owner, Jiang Lizhang, last week but will now be in charge of the first team in an attempt to avoid relegation after defeat on Sunday against Valencia left them seven points from safety. Adams, whose last managerial post was in charge of the Azerbaijani club Gabala FC in 2011, is a confidant of Lizhang and also acts as vice-president of his DDMC Football Club Management Company.

...ttps://">in charge of the Azerbaijani club Gabala FC “After assessing the situation the team is in, Granada CF has decided to part company with Lucas Alcaraz and his coaching staff,” read a club statement. “In his place, the club has total confidence in Tony Adams, vice-president of DDMC, as head coach of Granada CF until the end of the season.”

read a club statement Adams, who retired in August 2002 having led Arsenal to four titles and three FA Cups, began his managerial career at Wycombe Wanderers in 2003 and took over at Portsmouth in 2008. That ended in February 2009 having picked up only 10 points from his 16 games after replacing Harry Redknapp. His spell in Azerbaijan lasted more than a year and he left after guiding them to seventh place in the league, although he returned a year later to become director of football.

That experience brought him to the attention of Lizhang, who is also a part-owner in NBA side Minnesota Timberwolves and the biggest stakeholder in Belgian side OH Leuven. Last August, the journalist-turned sports marketer purchased Granada for £32m from Watford’s owner, the Pozzo family, and appointed Adams as sporting director at the Chinese Super League side Chongqing Dangdai Lifan. Adams moved to Spain at the end of 2016 and was tasked with establishing a new infrastructure for the club before being named as sporting director to replace Javier Torralbo.

“I believe that with patience, the structure we are setting in place will be able to take the club where we want it to be once more,” Adams said last week. “We want to be a mid-table team in La Liga with players who belong to Granada CF, with a world‑class academy developing local and Spanish players, with world‑class training facilities.

“If there’s a Chinese player playing with the first team eventually, then that would be the icing on the cake for the president, but he’s certainly not going to insist on that. All these things will take time, as sometimes you need to take one step back and clear up all the problems, before you can take two steps forward.”

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