Portsmouth fire manager Tony Adams

Tony Adams became the second Premier League managerial casualty today when he was fired by Portsmouth. The former England defender took over at Fratton Park in November following Harry Redknapp's departure to Spurs.

Pompey have picked up just two points in their last nine matches leaving them just above the relegation zone. Saturday's 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool was the last straw for the Portsmouth board who decided to relieve Adams of his duties.

The former Arsenal captain told reporters that he was surprised by the decision: "I am a little bit surprised but results haven't been good. I haven't had a lot of time and I certainly haven't had the financial backing. We've had a few injuries as well and that's tough to take." Avram Grant, Alan Curbishley and Sven-Goran Eriksson are all being tipped by the bookies to fill the vacancy.

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