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Tony Adams becomes manager of Azerbaijan club Gabala


Former Arsenal and England star Tony Adams on his future role at a football club in Azerbaijan

Former Portsmouth boss Tony Adams has been appointed manager of Azerbaijan national league side Gabala FC.

The 43-year-old, who has been out of work since being sacked by the Fratton Park outfit in February 2009, has signed a three-year contract.

Gabala FC are currently bottom of the table in a league of only six clubs.

Azerbaijan, a former Soviet state, is a country with large oil reserves and the owners of the club are believed to have offered Adams a lucrative salary.

"I was looking for a project. I am too young to retire," the former Arsenal defender and England captain told the BBC.

"This one was very rare. I just thought it was a magnificent project to get my teeth into. They've given me a clean plate here to build a football club and you don't get that opportunity in the UK."


The news of Adams's job has echoes of former Chelsea manager Phil Scolari's appointment as coach of Uzbekistan champions Bunyodkor in June.

Scolari is reportedly being paid an annual salary of £7.5m.

Adams, who also had a brief spell as manager of Wycombe Wanderers, will be joined in Azerbaijan by the former Tottenham and Brighton defender Gary Stevens, who had been coaching at Charlton.

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see also
Can Adams prove Pompey wrong?
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Portsmouth confirm Adams sacking
09 Feb 09 |  Portsmouth
Scolari moves to Uzbek champions
09 Jun 09 |  Football

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