In his new book, ‘SOBER: Football. My Story. My Life’, serialised in The Sun, Adams wrote: “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.
“Back in the day I said in an interview coaching wasn’t Arsene’s strong point.
“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.”
Source: Tribal football