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Tony Adams Says Arsene Wenger Couldn't Coach His Way Out Of A Paper Bag

Tony Adams Says Arsene Wenger Couldn't Coach His Way Out Of A Paper Bag

Arsenal legend Tony Adams has had plenty to say about his former boss Arsene Wenger.

Adams, who played over 500 games and won four league titles with the Gunners has criticised Wenger's coaching and says that he does not expect to return to the club in a coaching capacity as long as Wenger is in charge.

The former defender was appointed head coach of La Liga side Granada last month and was tasked with saving them from relegation to the second tier of Spanish football.

However the interim job did not go well at all as Adams lost all six of his games and was made a laughing stock for his antics in training, and on the touchline.

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But that hasn't stopped the 50-year old going in on his former boss Wenger.

Image: PA

Adams book 'SOBER. My story. My Life' is being serialised by The Sun and extracts of his strong negative views on Wenger have emerged today.

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The former Portsmouth boss said that Wenger "couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag," whilst also suggesting that he doesn't want big characters and personalities around the club - even if they are some of the club's greatest ever players.

Commenting on Wenger, Adams said:

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"Arsene is essentially not a coach - and that is the second reason why I believe he didn't want me. Back in the day I said in an interview coaching wasn't Arsene's strong point.

"Actually in the original draft, I said he couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag. And though I modified that in the final article, it didn't go down well.

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"It all left me feeling that I would never get a chance in any capacity while Arsene was there."

Also in the book, Adams, who says Wenger has stopped him from returning to the club on four occasions, stated his opinion that possibly being too challenging for Wenger to handle played a part in him not returning to the club.

"Patrick Vieira once suggested Arsene does not like big characters and personalities around, especially ones from Arsenal's history. Perhaps Arsene thought I might be too challenging for him.

"He seemed to like an assistant such as Pat Rice or Steve Bould, both great club men who were not going to ruffle feathers."

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There's no doubt that Wenger would quizzed on Adams' comments in his final Premier League conference of the season.

And he gave the following response:

Wenger vs Adams, Wrestlemania 34. Book it.

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Topics: Arsene Wenger, Arsenal, Tony Adams, Granada

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