Saturday 18 November 2017

Tony Adams starts Granada revolution by recruiting Nigel Reo-Coker and Kieran Richardson

The players trained with Granada on Wednesday. CREDIT: REUTERS/GRANADA FC
The players trained with Granada on Wednesday. CREDIT: REUTERS/GRANADA FC

Alistair Tweedale

Tony Adams' appointment as head coach of Spanish side Granada turned a few heads. As did his suit.

What could Adams, out of work for six years after a spell in charge of Azerbaijani side Qabala and having managed for fewer than three seasons since his playing career ended in 2002, bring to a team struggling in La Liga?

Well, today the answer to that question has become a little clearer.

At his press conference on Tuesday the double-winning Arsenal captain stated his aim to give the players "a kick up the arse", "liven up the team" and "hopefully achieve a miracle" in keeping Granada in the top flight of Spanish football.

He went on to explain his mission to use his "40 years of experience in football" to try and "keep the ball out of one end, and stick it in the other".

On Wednesday, Adams took his first training session since taking the job, accompanied by former Premier League players Nigel Reo-Coker and Kieran Richardson.

The pair are currently unattached, having left Montreal Impact and Cardiff, respectively, last year, and could be signed outside the transfer window. They initially join on a trial basis.

Reo-Coker began his career at Wimbledon, but is best known for his time at West Ham and Aston Villa, where he spent a total of seven years.

After leaving Villa Park, Reo-Coker, now 32 year old, went to Major League Soccer in the USA via Bolton and Ipswich, plating for Vancouver Whitecaps, Chivas and finally Montral Impact. He was capped at England Under-21 level but never played for the senior team.

Richardson spent the first five years of his career at Manchester United, winning the Premier League in 2006/07 and the League Cup in 2005/06, when he replaced Cristiano Ronaldo in a 4-0 win over Wigan at Wembley.

He had spells at West Brom, Sunderland, Fulham, Aston Villa and Cardiff City, and played eight times for England, scoring twice on his debut against USA.

It's fair to say neither will have expected to end up in Andalusia before their playing days were over, but there will be a long list of English footballers currently without a club whose ears may have pricked up with the news that Adams is looking to compatriots for help as he looks to complete a miracle in Spain.

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