3 Jun 2009

Adams says he's in the frame for Celtic job

11:35 am on 3 June 2009

The former Portsmouth boss Tony Adams says he is in the frame to become the new Celtic football manager should the club appoint Wim Jansen as technical director.

Adams says Celtic approached Jansen, who recommended him - but a club source has denied Adams is a candidate.

Adams has been out of the game since being sacked by Portsmouth in February, having won just four of 22 games in charge.

Prior to that, the former Arsenal and England captain was number two to Harry Redknapp at Pompey, after an ill-fated spell in charge of Wycombe and coaching jobs in the Netherlands with Utrecht and Feyenoord.

It was in the latter role that he worked with Jansen, who was technical advisor to the club at the time, and Adams envisages the two working together in a European-style management structure at Celtic.

Jansen was head coach of Celtic during the 1998/99 season, but despite leading them to the Scottish Premier League title - their first in 10 years - and winning the League Cup, he left at the end of the season due to a clash with general manager Jock Brown.

Celtic have been without a manager since Gordon Strachan resigned on May 25th, just one day after surrendering the league title to Rangers.

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic has expressed his interest in the vacancy, while West Brom's Tony Mowbray and Burnley's Owen Coyle are also thought to be candidates but Everton boss David Moyes has ruled himself out of the running.