TONY ADAMS RESIGNS
(Tuesday 9th November 2004)
Wanderers will be left to pick the pieces up of another managerial casualty after the reluctant official confirmation that Tony Adams had indeed quit his position of Manager of Wycombe Wanderers.
The shock news filtered in to Chairboys on the Net just after 11.00am. The story was subsequently reported on both BBC national and local radio. Club officials then denied the story through various media before Adams was then quoted on the BBC website in a statement released through his agent. It said "I would like to thank everybody connected with Wycombe Wanderers Football Club for the time I have spent with them. It has been a good experience and an education. However it is with regret that I resign from the post of manager due to personal reasons. I believe the team is in early development and it saddens me to have to leave before finishing the job I started. I am sure Pete (Cawley) and the players can continue with their good work and achieve all the success that they are worth and is their due."
A statement on the Club's official website finally appeared around 2.30pm and said "Wycombe Wanderers Football Club is not able to comment on the media speculation concerning the resignation of manager Tony Adams. As of 2pm today the club has not received a formal resignation from Tony Adams. It understands that the manager has spoken to the players and various media outlets. At this time a meeting which was pre arranged for 5pm today with the Chairman has not taken place. Until such a time as Mr. Adams formally offers his resignation there can be no comment on this speculation from the club."
While the outcome of that meeting is awaited former Club Director Alan Parry has confirmed through Radio station TalkSport of Adams' decision to walk away from the Club. Meanwhile, BBC 3 Counties had a reporter at Wanderers' Training Ground shortly after the news. They spoke to players who said that Adams had told the players at around 8.30am and had indicated to at least one player that he was going to continue with his University degree. Club Captain Keith Ryan spoke of how the players were shellshocked by the news and that a meeting between the Players and The Chairman had been arranged for Wednesday afternoon at 5pm.
Peter Cawley commented to BBC 3 Counties "You know what Tony is like. He is a professional. He is the ultimate professional. I think you have only to got to look around the Club and see how professional it has come. It is just a big shock to everybody. At this moment in time it is foolish to push it any further."
The Club issued a further statement around 6pm on Tuedsay which summarised the situation. It opened "It is with much regret that Wycombe Wanderers Football Club announces the departure of Manager Tony Adams, who officially resigned after a meeting with the Chairman at 5pm on Tuesday 9 November. The former England and Arsenal defender decided that, after failing to collect a win in the last nine league games, he would walk away while there is still time to turn things around." It concluded "After the 1-0 home defeat against Yeovil on Saturday, Adams spent the weekend mulling over his future with the club. On Monday morning he attended the Training Ground to conduct an interview with the Coalville Times prior to Saturday's FA Cup tie. On Tuesday morning he met the players at the Training Ground and told them of his decision to go but the Club and Chairman Ivor Beeks were not aware of his decision. The search for a replacement is underway as Wanderers build up for the First Round of the FA Cup."
In a seperate statement Club Chairman Ivor Beeks said "It is most unfortunate that the resignation was disclosed during the day to members of the media before a formal meeting with myself. The club would like to thank Tony for his twelve months of involvement and wish him every success in his future career. We are now embarking on finding a successor. A statement regarding the short term management at the club will be made within the next twenty four hours".
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