Tony Adams agrees three-year deal to manage Azerbaijan outfit Gabala FC

Former England captain Tony Adams has agreed a three-year contract to manage
Azerbaijan side Gabala FC.

Pastures new: Adams

Pastures new: Adams

The former Arsenal defender was sacked as manager of Portsmouth in February 2009, but has announced his return to the game.

He said: 'I was looking for a project. I am too young to retire.

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.'

Adams' ambition remains, although Gabala are sixth in the 12-team Azerbaijan league.

'First things first,' said the 43-year-old, who has also had a spell in charge of Wycombe.

'Realistically to win the league in three years is achievable. It's evolution not revolution. I'm not going to throw the baby out with the bath-water here. I'm building a club.'

Former Tottenham player Gary Stevens will be Adams' assistant.

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