Portsmouth boss Adams gives ultimatum to club's owner

Portsmouth owner Alexandre Gaydamak has been told by new boss Tony Adams he will quit as manager if the club sell striker England Jermain Defoe - or any of the other players he wants to keep - in the January transfer window.

Portsmouth owner Alexandre Gaydamak has been told by new boss Tony Adams he will quit as manager if the club sell striker England Jermain Defoe - or any of the other players he wants to keep - in the January transfer window.

Adams added: "He's a threat (in front of goal) and I'm sure there will be some big clubs trying to get him but hands off because he's mine.

"Big offers? I can't wait ...because the owner has been very supportive and although I've not made an issue of it I've told him that everyone stays who I want to stay or I don't do the job.

"I told him that at the very start. He was very supportive of Harry and now he's being very supportive of me.

"He phones me on the way home and says 'what do you want, Tony, how can I help you and I say keep Defoe where he is and there's no problem. He says fine, anything else?' He's totally behind me."

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