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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 November, 2004, 15:12 GMT
Adams quit to finish his studies
Exclusive by Simon Austin

Tony Adams
Tony Adams resigned as Wycombe manager to complete his sports science degree and spend more time with his young family, BBC Sport can reveal.

Adams, 38, quit the League Two club on Tuesday, citing "personal reasons", but did not specify what these were.

"He wants to go back and finish his sports science degree at Brunel," a close friend of Adams told BBC Sport.

"And he's keen to spend more time with his family - he's getting married on 15 December and has a baby son."

Adams took over Wycombe last November for his first job in football management.

But he has endured a testing time at the Causeway Stadium.

Wanderers finished bottom of the old Second Division last season and were relegated.

And despite a good start to this campaign - they were briefly top of League Two in September - they have gone on to struggle and currently lie 17th in the division.

Adams was forced to defer his sports science degree at Brunel University in order to take over at Wycombe and is now eager to complete his studies.

He is marrying his long-term girlfriend Poppy Teacher on 15 December and also has a six-month-old son.

And the former England international is still heavily involved with the Sporting Chance charity, which helps sportspeople with drug, alcohol and gambling addictions.

He co-founded the organisation with Peter Kay.

And last month he told the BBC Sport website he was keen to manage abroad in the future.

"The world's about challenging yourself and it certainly is with me," he said.

"If I do want to manage in the Premiership, La Liga or the Bundesliga then I will want the top players and my knowledge will have to be worldwide.

"At the moment if Wycombe's directors ask me who are the best 14 young players in the world, I don't know - because here I don't need to."

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