As he plots his way towards Champions League qualification with Gabala it is the Graham template that informs his thinking.
Adams told the Telegraph: "George was an outstanding coach. His defensive, structural, technical ability for me is far better. No injustice to Arsène.
"Coaches have strengths and weaknesses. That was George's, his organisation. I think Arsène's strengths are he is a physiologist and psychologist. That's where he excels."