Former Arsenal Captain Tony Adams Says Arsene Wenger "Can't Coach His Way Out Of A Paper Bag"

He's apparently been looked over for a job at the club four times

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Arsenal legend Tony Adams has laid the boot into former boss Arsene Wenger's coaching ability.

In his new book, 'SOBER. My Story. My Life', which is being serialised in The Sun, the former skipper believes that his occasional criticism of Wenger has resulted in him being ignored for roles at the club.

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"Back in the day I said in an interview coaching wasn't Arsene's strong point," he writes.

"Actually in the original draft, I said he couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag. And though I modified that in the final article, it didn't go down well.

"It all left me feeling that I would never get a chance in any capacity while Arsene was there. Much as I respected him for his long and successful tenure, my occasional willingness to pass comment on him and the team probably counted against me."

According to Adams, who has just come of the back of a disastrous stint managing relegated La Liga minnows Grenada, he's lack of opportunities at the club is down to Wenger's dominant character.

"Patrick Vieira once suggested Arsene does not like big characters and personalities around, especially ones from Arsenal's history. Perhaps Arsene thought I might be too challenging for him. He seemed to like an assistant such as Pat Rice or Steve Bould, both great club men who were not going to ruffle feathers."