Granada‘s players would be wise to make themselves scarce when the eccentrically dressed Tony Adams turns up to work wearing pointed shoes.
“I’m very much an interim coach,” said the highly decorated ex-Arsenal defender at his unveiling as manager on Tuesday. “I’m here to give the players a kick up the arse and win games. I have 40 years’ experience.”
Adams rolls into Andalusia with a rather modest managerial record featuring a short and unsuccessful stint at Portsmouth and his most recent stay with Gabala in Azerbaijan, but has been handed the Herculean task of trying to overcome a seven-point deficit to haul Granada out of La Liga’s relegation zone with seven games left. With his appointment, Lucas Alcaraz was sacked as boss.
He was called upon through his advisory role at DDMC, a Chinese football management company which is associated with Granada owner Jiang Lizhang. Wearing surprisingly restrained threads when compared to his usual tweed and extravagantly coloured ensembles, Adams was introduced to the Spanish media alongside key board member Ignacio Cuerva and vice president Kangning Wang.
Adams’ first task will be to try to arrest a run of six matches without a win in Sunday’s visit from 10th-placed Celta Vigo, which has lost back-to-back matches.