Tony Adams has landed himself a new job and Pies can quite honestly say that we did not see this one coming.
Having been out of management since leaving his role at Granada in June 2017, Adams is now trying his hand at presidency – and not just any old presidency; presidency of the entire Rugby League.
The following statement appeared on the Rugby Football League (RFL) website on Wednesday afternoon:
Tony Adams MBE has been nominated to become the 29th President of the Rugby Football League in 2019.
The former Arsenal and England captain, who has become closely linked to the game’s welfare programmes through the Sporting Chance charity he founded in 2000, will succeed the current President, Andy Burnham, next summer.
RFL chairman Brian Barwick had this to add:
It is a pleasure to be able to confirm these three excellent additions to our team.
Tony is known and respected throughout sport and beyond, not only for his outstanding playing career with Arsenal, but more recently for his pioneering work with Sporting Chance.
The charity has helped more than 400 rugby league players since the RFL entered into an official partnership with Sporting Chance in 2011, and Tony himself delivered seminars at Wigan and Hull earlier this year.
The game has recognised the importance of mental health, for players and everyone else involved, and Tony’s election is another significant step in that regard.
Adams also said that he considers it an “honour” and will use his new role to “raise the profile of mental health, wellness and resilience, for players and for everyone in Rugby League” as well as championing the sport on a national stage.
The truth really is stranger than fiction.