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Adams stands down at Portsmouth

LONDON, February 9 – Manager Tony Adams has left Portsmouth after the club took just two points from its last nine Premier League matches, the club said in a statement on its website Monday.

TONY_ADAMS"Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Tony Adams and John Metgod have left their positions as manager and first team coach with immediate effect," the statement said.

Portsmouth’s 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool on Saturday spelled the end of Adams’ short reign at the club, who are hovering one point above the relegation zone.

Adams, a former England captain, won just four of his 22 matches in charge after being promoted from assistant manager when Harry Redknapp left to join Tottenham in October.

Portsmouth, the holders, were also knocked out of the FA Cup and eliminated from the UEFA Cup.

Paul Hart, the club’s director of youth operations, will take over as caretaker manager until a new boss is appointed.

Reports said Alan Curbishley and ex-Chelsea manager Avram Grant were on a shortlist to take over, although Curbishley might be prevented from doing so as he is embroiled in a legal wrangle with his former club West Ham United.

A Portsmouth spokesman said on the website: "This has been a very difficult decision and Tony has worked tirelessly to arrest the slump in form.He is rightfully highly respected within the football world and played a major role in our FA Cup triumph last season.

"The owner and the board feel they have been as supportive as they can during a period where results have been poor. The team has played well but too many points have been dropped from winning positions," the statement said.

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Portsmouth were twice ahead against Liverpool on Saturday before falling to defeat.

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