Featured Matches
Previous
Arsenal
Besiktas
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Athletic Bilbao
Napoli
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
Bayer Leverkusen
FC Copenhagen
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 2
Game Details
Aston Villa
Leyton Orient
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Birmingham City
Sunderland
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Stoke City
Portsmouth
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Burton Albion
Queens Park Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Arsenal
Besiktas
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Athletic Bilbao
Napoli
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
Bayer Leverkusen
FC Copenhagen
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 2
Game Details
Ludogorets Razgrad
Steaua Bucuresti
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 1
Game Details
Malmo FF
SV Salzburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 2
Game Details
Aston Villa
Leyton Orient
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Birmingham City
Sunderland
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bradford City
Leeds United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Burton Albion
Queens Park Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Stoke City
Portsmouth
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Los Angeles Galaxy
DC United
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
León
Herediano
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Municipal
Pachuca
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Cobresal
General Díaz
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 2
Game Details
Independiente del Valle
Trujillanos
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
Libertad
Nacional Potosí
11:30 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 1
Game Details
River Plate
Universidad Católica
11:30 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
Atlético Nacional
Deportivo La Guaira
2:00 AM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Alianza Lima
Barcelona
2:00 AM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 3
Game Details
Atletico Rafaela
Newell's Old Boys
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Rosario Central
Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
River Plate
Defensa y Justicia
10:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Estudiantes La Plata
Boca Juniors
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Irapuato
U.A.N.L
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Morelia
Celaya
ESPNDeportes 12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Oaxaca
Chiapas
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlas
Mineros de Zacatecas
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Correcaminos
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
UNAM
Mérida
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Zacatepec
Guadalajara
ESPNDeportes 2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
América RN
Atletico Paranaense
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Cruzeiro
Santa Rita
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Botafogo
Ceará
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Bragantino
Corinthians
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Coritiba FBC
Flamengo
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Palmeiras
Atlético MG
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
LDU Quito
Deportivo Quito
12:15 AM GMT
Game Details
FC Seoul
Pohang Steelers
0
0
FT-Pens
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0FC Seoul win 3-0 on penalties
Game Details
Guangzhou Evergrande
Western Sydney Wanderers
2
1
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 2
Game Details
Amazulu
Bloem Celtic
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Mamelodi Sundowns
Orlando Pirates
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Pretoria Univ
Free State Stars
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Silver Stars
Kaizer Chiefs
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
SuperSport United
Mpumalanga Black Aces
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Saprissa
Santos
Postp
Game Details
Carmelita
Club Sport Uruguay
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Cartagines
Perez Zeledon
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Antigua
Marquense
9:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Petapa
Coatepeque
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Vida
Marathon
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
Feb 9, 2009

Board to blame for Adams debacle

Big Tone may have been ''surprised'' by the Portsmouth board's decision to sack him late on Sunday night. The rest of us were not.

Two wins in 16 games, with no win in the last nine, is form that no manager in the top division (Gareth Southgate aside) could survive. Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has chosen to follow a philosophy of patience at the Riverside, giving his young fledgling time to turn the club around. With the relegation places looming large, those in charge of Portsmouth were not willing to offer Adams the same luxury.

When he was appointed to the position following Harry Redknapp's decision to move to Tottenham, many questioned his lack of experience. A short spell at Wycombe Wanderers and a trainee coaching role with Dutch side Feyenoord were hardly the kind of posts to put on a CV that would get you a job in the top flight.

Still, his influence at the club as assistant under Redknapp clearly fogged the board's clarity. In a time when stability was needed, Adams appeared out of his depth and, like Paul Ince and Roy Keane before him, the manager has paid the price for a chronic lack of experience.

So where do we lay the blame for Portsmouth's demise? The players? Well, Lassana Diarra and Jermain Defoe aside, the nucleus of the FA Cup winning side is still there and they still boast a number of exceptionally talented players at their disposal.

The once great defence containing the likes of David James, Sylvain Distin, Glen Johnson and Sol Campbell has withered, but good players don't become bad players overnight. The side's lack of confidence sent them plummeting down the table; but, having worked with Adams before, it would appear that his coaching methods cannot be the root of the problem.

Adams himself cannot be blamed for wanting to test himself in the Premier League. Can any of us honestly say that we wouldn't take on a challenge of such magnitude (especially for the money involved) if it was offered to us?

Perhaps some self-regulation may have come in handy, as Adams' demeanour and general man management skills appeared to be a mile away from that of his counterparts in the Premier League. But all the former England defender is guilty of is having eyes bigger than his stomach and while his ambition cannot be questioned, his suitability certainly can.

Indeed, the board have to take full responsibility for the mess. In truth, they should never have chosen Adams in the first place. Talk of a takeover and Alexandre Gaydamak's decision to put the club up for sale in December was laughable, given they had just appointed a new manager and were looking to replace some of their top stars in the transfer window.

Furthermore, their incapability to back Adams with new funds saw him resigned to picking up a collection of loan players, and Hayden Mullins, to strengthen his squad in January. With the rest of the players destabilised and disappointed by the gloom hanging over the club.

Adams was never the right man to continue the good work done by Redknapp and, with such an act to follow, was always going to be judged harshly on his results. Just over a hundred days at the helm provided him with a very harsh lesson, but he should not have been in the classroom in the first place.

Alan Curbishley and Avram Grant have emerged as contenders to take over at Fratton Park and the best that the club can hope for is that one of them decides to take up the challenge. As this season's Premier League has shown, inexperience is not tolerated at the highest level and (with relegation costing a cool £30m) Portsmouth cannot afford to make the same mistake again.

Blackburn's results improved following the sacking of Ince to such a degree that Saturday's defeat to Aston Villa was Sam Allardyce's first. Pompey must have looked at Rovers' march towards them and decided to look for a copycat upturn in fortunes.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.