Tony Adams has revealed in an exclusive interview with setanta.com that he was sounded out about the vacant manager’s job at Celtic by former Hoops manager Wim Jansen but has denied having any contact directly with the Parkhead club.
Adams said Celtic spoke to Jansen, who managed the club during the 1997/98 season, about returning to Parkhead and that the Dutchman was keen to work in a management structure that incorporated his former charge at Feyenoord, Adams, as well as Bhoys legend Henrik Larsson.
However, while admitting that the Celtic job would be a lure for any coach, Adams, who has been out of management since leaving Portsmouth in February, insisted that there had been no approach.
The 42-year-old, who has been working as a scout for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the meantime, is keen to return to management as soon as possible but has yet to receive any approaches.
“I know Wim Jansen would have put me up,” Adams told setanta.com.
“I worked at Feyenoord with Wim and I’m very grateful to Wim for doing that. He obviously saw me work at Feyenoord for six months and we became good friends.
“I think what happened is that the Celtic people asked Wim to go back in because he was the guy who stopped [Rangers manager] Walter [Smith] winning the 10 in the row.
“I don’t think he wanted to do it as the manager but Wim wanted to be the technical director, with me as manager and Henrik Larsson as coach.
“I thank him for that but Celtic did not approach me so I’m actively waiting for any approaches.”
Asked whether the Celtic job would have interested him, Adams quipped: “I think you’ve got a 50 percent chance of winning something with Celtic so, yeah, I’d like that one! And I’d enjoy beating Walter!”
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