Date: 10th November 2008 at 11:25am
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Tony Adams had already said that he was close to finalising his backroom staff, and this staff is looking like it will now include his former Arsenal mentor Terry Burton – who is currently no.2 at the club we beat to win last seasons FA cup, Cardiff.

Burton, who has years of coaching and management experience under his belt, was Adams’ youth coach in his early days with Arsenal – helping them produce a string of star names in the late 70s/early – mid 80s.

He managed Wimbledon for a while – now MK Dons of course – but parted company with the club with it said to have happened due to him being critical of the clubs decision to relocate to Milton Keynes. Burton fits the billing for the apparent target that he had, ‘a man with years of coaching, and also management experience’. He is also a friend, all ingredients that you need your no.2 to have I guess.

Adams has also spoken to The News about Joe Jordan’s U-turn last week, with him holding no grudges against him: ‘it’s taken two weeks for him to decide but that’s okay. He’s chosen now.

‘On Thursday I thought he was staying – but he had a change of mind. Then again I thought Harry was going to Newcastle. People are allowed to change their mind.

‘He’d been umming and aahing for a little while now.

‘He had shook hands with me on the Wednesday and said “okay I’m staying”. Then on Friday he said “no”. I said “look Joe, maybe it’s for the best”.

‘He is a loyal man, an honest man. He’s done great for Portsmouth, he’s been fantastic. I really think he would have always regretted it if he didn’t go once the offer was there. Good luck to him.’

Gilles Grimandi is being mentioned as another that Adams is looking to add to his coaching team, and it is believed that both he and Burton will be installed by tomorrow.

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