Adams - Go if you want
Tony Adams will not keep unhappy players at Portsmouth, but says there will be no January firesale.
Last Updated: 29/10/08 7:48am
Tony Adams says he will not keep unhappy players at Portsmouth, but insists there will be no firesale in the January transfer window.
Pompey have promoted Adams to the role of manager after Harry Redknapp's sudden departure over the weekend to Tottenham Hotspur.
Redknapp has already been linked with bids to sign several of his former Pompey aces in the New Year, while there have been reports that the club will be forced into selling players.
However, while Adams will not look to hang on to any unsettled members of his squad, he has been assured there are no financial problems on the horizon at Fratton Park.
"I'll just take another job - if they do that to me it would cut my throat," said Adams. "I wouldn't have a chance.
"But I think the chairman - and the owner - have answered all those financial questions. I've got a very good squad here and nobody has come to me and talked about going anywhere.
"They wouldn't have to. If they want to go, then I'll let them go. I only want players who want to play for Portsmouth - absolutely.
"You've got to have players who are happy and want to play for the football club 100%. That's got to be crystal clear.
"It's my experience that if you depend on players who are not happy at the club and don't want to play for it, then it's no good to you in the long run."
Meanwhile, Adams' appointment has been backed by the Pompey squad, with Sylvain Distin optimistic the new boss can step into Redknapp's shoes.
Distin said: "It was a big shock when Harry left, but it is a logical move for Tony to take over.
"All the players know him, we all respect him and I am sure he can carry on and do a good job for this club. You never end up with the same manager who signed you - that is normal.
"Taking over will be a big challenge for Tony, but I am sure he is up to doing the job and we will support him and each other and go on from here."