Redknapp: Pompey panicked by axeing Adams

Former Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp believes his former club did not give Tony Adams anywhere near enough time to prove himself in the Premier League, and pushed the panic button by giving him the chop.

The ex-Arsenal captain and Pompey assistant took over at Fratton Park in the aftermath of Redknapp's surprise move to Tottenham Hotspur in October, but was axed after just three months with the club managing just two wins in 16 Premier League games and relinquishing their hold on the FA Cup to Championship outfit Swansea City.

And the Spurs boss believes Adams was dismissed so soon as, owner, Alexandre Gaydamak - who is attempting to sell the club - needed the side to be more successful in the short-term in order to attract potential buyers.

"It's crazy," he told the Daily Express. "They were five minutes away from beating Liverpool at the weekend.

"If he had won that game then who knows? I think they've been a bit hasty. He deserved longer. Tony works hard at this job and he has got a lot to offer.

"Gaydamak wants success and is looking to sell the club. He sees that, if they go down, it's going to do [lose] his money. So he probably panicked."

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