Tony Adams to make Arsenal return and work alongside Thierry Henry


Arsenal legend Tony Adams is to join the under-18s as co-assistant manager, working alongside Thierry Henry.

The pair will operate in the roles under the manager of Kwame Ampadu, who has been given a promotion after the departure of previous boss Frans de Kat.

While many tipped Henry to go straight in as manager, it’s believed that the club’s board were more than impressed with Ampadu as assistant of the under-18s last season and was seen as the ‘natural successor’.

At youth level, the north London side have struggled for a long while defensively but could be set for a major boost with the return of Adams, who will impart much of the knowledge and experience he has to the potential future stars of the club.

The 49-year-old, nicknamed ‘Mr. Arsenal’, has had a few, albeit brief, management spells at clubs including Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Azerbaijan side Gabala.

Adams had a 22-year spell at the north London side full of success, winning four top flight division titles, captaining a title-winning team in three separate decades – a feat matched by no other player. He also won three FA Cups, two Football League Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and three Community Shields.

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[…] Reports emerged last month that two of Arsenal’s greatest ever players and captains – Adams and Thierry Henry, would officially return to the club to work together as joint-assistant managers of the under-18s beneath the management of former Gunners player Kwame Ampadu. […]

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