Parlour calls for Adams to be new Arsenal number two

Ray Parlour has told Arsene Wenger to bring legend Tony Adams back to the club as his assistant manager ahead of next season, in the Daily Star.

With current Number 2 Pat Rice, who has spent 40 years with the club both as a player and a coach, set to call time on his role this summer, Parlour believes that former defender Adams would be the perfect replacement for Rice.

Parlour, who spent 12 years of his senior career as a midfielder for the Gunners, wrote: “He is just what Arsenal need to lift the dressing room, freshen up the tactical approach and, above all, discipline the defence.” He added: “He is a leader of men, a motivator and knows Wenger’s methods to a fault. I believe he has what it takes to make a big impact at The Emirates.”

Adams, who spent his entire career as a player at Arsenal, making 669 appearances and winning 10 major trophies between 1983 and 2002, went on to manage Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Azerbaijani side Gabala. He has also worked under Harry Redknapp at Pompey.

However, Parlour believes that current Arsenal Head Youth Team Coach Steve Bould would also be a good contender for the role of assistant manager at Emirates Stadium.

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