Arsenal legend Tony Adams has been appointed as the new manager of Azerbaijan side Gabala FC.

The 43-year-old has signed a three-year contract and takes up his first post since being sacked by Portsmouth in February 2009.

The Azerbaijan national league consists of just six clubs and Gabala FC are currently bottom of the division. But Adams is looking forward to the challenge which awaits him

"I was looking for a project. I am too young to retire," he told the BBC.

"This one was very rare. I just thought it was a magnificent project to get my teeth into. They've given me a clean plate here to build a football club and you don't get that opportunity in the UK."

Adams enjoyed a glittering career at Highbury. He signed for Arsenal as a schoolboy in 1980 and made his first-team debut in November 1983, going on to make 669 appearances and scoring 48 goals.

Adams won 10 major trophies under George Graham and Arsène Wenger, including League and FA Cup 'doubles' in 1998 and 2002.

He remains the only man to captain an English club to League titles in three different decades.

Arsenal TV Online subscribers can watch an exclusive interview with Adams plus the full broadcast of 'An Audience With Tony Adams' - both from February.

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12 May 2010