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Wenger backing Adams to succeed

Adams has qualities to succeed - Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Tony Adams has the ability to be a big success as manager of Portsmouth.

Former Gunners skipper Adams has been promoted from assistant to replace Harry Redknapp, who left Fratton Park at the weekend to take over at Spurs.

"I believe he [Adams] has the qualities and that is why I am very positive about it," said Wenger.

"He is at the age now where you have to start in this job. He has worked a lot in this job and I think he's ready."

Adams spent his entire playing career at Arsenal and was captain when they won the Double in 1998, under Wenger's guidance.

After retiring from playing, the 42-year-old had a brief spell in charge of Wycombe before getting involved in coaching in the Netherlands and then serving as assistant manager at Portsmouth.

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"It makes me happy. It's a good chance and we wish him well," said Wenger.

"Tony now has much more experience because he has been abroad and has been at Portsmouth as an assistant.

"He has natural authority which is one important ingredient, the second one is of course to convince everybody about your philosophy and the way you see things.

"He has the opportunity and only time will tell how he would do and I would bet that he will do well."

Blackburn manager Paul Ince was also keen to welcome Adams, his former England team-mate, to the world of top-flight management.

"It's good, another English manager in the Premier League, and I wish him all the best," said Ince.

Ince also said it was healthy for the future of the England national team to have another English manager in the top flight.

"The bottom line is we want to have an English international manager. We don't want to have to keep looking overseas," he said.

"If you've got four or five in the Premier League, you've got more choice next time when [current coach] Fabio Capello goes."

Chelsea number two Ray Wilkins said Adams's experience of working alongside Redknapp should stand him in good stead.

"It is a lovely job for him to take on. Harry has shown him the ropes so I don't think there will be a problem for Tony. I am delighted for him," he said.

And Bolton manager Gary Megson said he thought Adams had earned his chance.

"Tony has been a big part of what has been going on at Pompey for the last couple of seasons," he said.

"He cut his teeth at Wycombe, got some experience in Holland and turned up at Portsmouth and done well.

"He's got some fantastically talented players there in the likes of Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe and I'm sure it will go well for him."

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