Ex-Portsmouth manager reveals intricate details of his non-existent deal with Bhoys
Tony Adams has been hung out to dry (if you pardon the connotations) after going live on radio to say he was on the verge of becoming Celtic’s new manager. Former Celtic boss Wim Jansen dismissed Adams’ claims that he would re-join the club in a technical director role.
Adams told TalkSport radio: ‘Wim Jansen is probably in at Celtic. It would be him as technical director and me as manager. By saying manager, it is kind of a head coach’s position really, because once you have a technical director like you have in Europe, they help you with recruitment.
“They do the nuts and bolts, the travel arrangements, the hotels and all that kind of stuff. As long as you have the final say of who comes in and out, these people are your help in the boardroom. I never had that at Portsmouth.
“It works for me and Celtic is an unbelievable club. You have a 50 per cent chance of winning something. I have not applied for the role. I know Wim, who has put me in there.”
But Jansen was quick to refute suggestions that he would soon be booking Adams’ hotels for him. He said: “I can honestly say I don’t know anything about it. Sure, I worked with Tony at Holland when he was coaching there and I know him well. We have a good relationship.
“But it’s a little while since we have been in contact with each other. And I have never suggested anything about Celtic.”
It will be interesting to see whether Jansen is just playing it cool or whether Adams was trying to land the job for himself by painting a pretty picture for the Celtic board.