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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
ESPNsoccernet: May 12, 9:17 AM UK
Adams to manage in Azerbaijan

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

• Forum: Managers in a foreign land

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

He told the BBC: "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 to win silverware, 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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