A YEAR UP FOR ADAMS
(Friday 5th November 2004)
Tony Adams - ten wins soon? The 5th November 2004 marks the one year anniversary of Tony Adams' appointment as Wycombe Manager. With just 9 League victories in his first 45 games in charge, Adams is predictably calling for patience from the Wycombe fans while at the same time continuing to bemoan the finances available to him.
Wanderers' conversion to a PLC has not yet been the dream ticket that some were led to believe with Adams claiming that his playing budget is in the order of 700,000 - close to half the figure of the previous season and considerably down on the figures stated in the financial promotion presented to members leading up to the EGM.
The Club say that the PLC conversion has brought in the bare minimum input of 500,000 of new money, with the press reporting half of this coming from new Director Steve Hayes. The PLC Board are looking to find another 250,000 to meet their own minimum target before the share offer closes at the end of January 2005.
In an interview with the Bucks Free Press, Adams said there was a fine line between success and failure in 'League Two' division, adding "There is nothing stopping us winning games like we were in the first half of the season. The division is very tight but, if it happens and I hope it does, then we will be in serious need of finance if we are ever going to survive in the division above."
Adams' record in his opening 45 games makes for an interesting comparison to the closing spell under previous manager Lawrie Sanchez. During the same amount of games Wanderers won on 10 occasions in the League, drawing 13 and losing 22 times. Adams record, that started with the 2-1 home defeat to Brentford on 15th November 2003, has seen 9 victories, 20 draws and 16 defeats.
Adams has made no secret of the fact that he is attempting to rebuild all aspects of the playing side of the Club. Having dealt with the rapid departure of Assistant Manager John Gorman, Adams has shifted several of the backroom staff out of the door and replaced them with his own choices. It has certainly been no easy ride for the rookie boss in his first year in Management, Adams saying "The first year has certainly been an experience and a good learning curve. There have been major problems here and that's why we're where we are. I was under no illusions when I came here. It takes a long time to rebuild especially when you've got no finance and I hope people have got a lot of patience. We're not in the luxurious world of having one million pounds thrown at the club so that we can turn it round very quickly. We have to do it on 3.50 at a time."
However, the Wycombe boss believes he is slowly turning things around but added "Like all managers, I want to do it quicker than the finances dictate. In an ideal world I would get some cash and go and get the four players that I need so that we can bounce straight back up and survive in that league next year. But when you haven't got the finances you have to take your time, sit tight and turn it around at the end of the year."

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