Former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams has made a surprise return to management at Granada after being placed in temporary charge of the struggling Spanish top-flight side.
Adams, whose last managerial position was with Gabala in Azerbaijan and ended in 2011, has been tasked with steering Granada clear of relegation from La Liga.
He replaces Lucas Alcaraz, who was sacked following Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat to Valencia, which left Granada in 19th place, seven points adrift of safety with seven fixtures remaining.
“After carefully evaluating the current situation of the team and sensations of the team following recent results, Granada CF has decided to end the third managerial spell of Lucas Alcaraz leading the first team squad,” the club said.
“Taking his place until the end of the current campaign will be Tony Adams, DDMC vice president and who Granada CF places all its confidence as interim head coach of the first team.”
Adams, 50, initially joined the Andalusian club earlier this year as sporting director, having already worked for their Chinese owner Jiang Lizhang as vice-president of his DDMC Football Club Management Company.
He spent time last season working with Chinese Super League outfit Chongqing Dangdai Lifan, another part of Lizhang’s sporting empire, which also includes a stake in NBA side the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The former defender, who won 66 England caps and led Arsenal to four league titles including two doubles, has also had short-lived spells in charge of Portsmouth and Wycombe Wanderers.