Arsenal legend Adams set for managerial return in Turkey

The former England central defender is being considered by Bursaspor and Gaziantepspor as he eyes a return to management after working with Azerbaijani side Gabala as an advisor
By Greg Stobart

Arsenal legend Tony Adams is a shock managerial candidate for Turkish sides Bursaspor and Gaziantepspor, has learned.

Bursaspor are looking for a new boss following Ertugrul Saglam’s resignation last week and Adams had been considered as a replacement.

But a job at Gaziantespor appears more likely as their manager, Hikmet Karaman, looks set to take over Bursaspor in a managerial merry-go-round in the Turkish Super Lig.

Adams is currently an international advisor for Azerbaijani side Gabala, who he managed for more than a year before resigning in November 2011 due to family reasons.

The 46-year-old former central defender has expressed an interest in the Bursaspor job where he could link up with fellow Englishman Anton Ferdinand, who completed a loan move from QPR during the January transfer window.

Goalkeeper Scott Carson is also playing for Bursaspor, who currently sit seventh in the Turkish Super Lig table, nine points behind leaders Galatasaray.

Adams is an admirer of Turkish football having watched the division during his time in Azerbaijan in 2010 and is also interested in taking over at Gaziantespor, who sit 15th in the table and are gearing up for a relegation battle.

After a decorated playing career, Adams remains committed to management despite difficult experiences at Wycombe, Portsmouth and Gabala.

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