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Tony Adams's Biography

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Tony Alexander Adams was born in Romford, Essex on 10 October 1966.

Tony Adams made his Arsenal debut in 1983 aged 17. He played for them until 2002.

In 1987 Tony Adams was made PFA Young Player of the Year. In 1988, Tony Adams, who was nicknamed Donkey, became Arsenal's youngest captain. In the same season, 1988/9, Arsenal won their first league title for 18 years. Adams was also with Arsenal for their league titles in 1991, 1998, and 2002 when they won the double. Adams, who was a central defender, won 66 England caps, 15 of them as captain.

In contrast with his success on the pitch, He had trouble off the pitch. His drink driving led to a prison sentence and Tony Adams admitted to alcoholism.

Adams describes how he fought alcoholism in his memoir, Addicted. In January 2000, Adams established the Sporting Chance Clinic in Hampshire, a charitable foundation to help sportsmen and women with addictions.

Tony Adams was appointed manager of Wycombe Wanderers in November 2003 but lasted only a year. Under his charge, Wycombe were relegated and amassed only 9 wins from 46 games.

Tony Adams then had stints as a trainee coach with Feyenoord in 2005 and Utrecht in 2006, before joining Portsmouth as assistant manager in June 2006.

When Portsmouth's boss Harry Redknapp left the club to join Spurs, Tony Adams was appointed manager Of Portsmouth in his place on 28 October 2008. However, on 9 February 2009, Tony Adams was sacked as Portsmouth manager after the side had won only two of their 16 Premier League matches under his tenure.

In May 2010, Tony Adams became the manager of Gabala FC in the Azeri national league.

He left in 2011.

In March 2017, Tony Adams was appointed head coach of Gramada in La Liga.

Tony Adams already had a role as vice-president of Jiang Lizhang's DDMC Football Club Management Company (Jiang Lizhang owns Granada), and in 2016 he was in China as sporting director for Chongqing Dangdai Lifan which is owned by DDMC.

By the time of his appointment to take the helm at Granada, Adams had already been advising the Club.

In 2022, Tony Adams became one of the celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing.

He was paired with Katya Jones. They proved popular with the public and ended up coming ninth. They were due to have a dance-off with Tyler West and Dianne Buswell however had to drop out as Tony Adams was injured.

Tony Adams and Alcohol

In 1996 Tony dealt with his addiction to alcohol and two years later published his autobiography Addicted, the proceeds from which helped him set up Sporting Chance in 2000.

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