Earlier this week, it appeared that former Arsenal and England defender Tony Adams had been released from his duties at Fratton Park, only months after taking the job. Portsmouth in recent weeks have under performed, and the sales of key players such as Defoe and Diarra have not helped their cause and relegation fight.

Tony Adams was initially installed as the manager of Portsmouth back in October, subsequent to Harry Redknapp joining Tottenham; many pundits thought that he would do well. It started off well for Adams in his first few weeks, including setting his team out to unluckily draw at home to A.C Milan. For the team that won the FA Cup last term, it seemed like quite a smooth change.

However, since then matters at Portsmouth have gone from worse to worse under the guidance of the former Arsenal star. They were failing to go back to basics, and there was a lack of any firm team or gradual improvement. With poor results coming in the league such as their 4-1 loss at home to West Ham and their disappointing 3-0 loss at home to Newcastle, things were not looking merry for the south coast team. It is said that the nail in the coffin came after Pompey were knocked out of the FA Cup following a 2-0 defeat at Fratton Park against Championship opposition, Swansea.

With the impatience of modern day football owners, Tony Adams was not given the time some say he deserved managing a top flight club. However, he was not the most popular figure at lower league club Wycombe either, after failing to keep them up in the league in 2003. With Portsmouth rapidly heading towards the drop zone, and most certainly in a relegation battle, those higher up took the decision to release him from his duties.

Currently, a new manager has not been installed by Portsmouth, however, caretaker boss Paul Hart lead them to a 2-0 victory over Manchester City on Saturday, so he could be a potential candidate. Others linked to the job include Avram Grant and former West Ham boss, Alan Curbishley.

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