Arsenal legend Tony Adams has launched another stinging attack on Arsene Wenger, accusing the Frenchman of greed.
The Arsenal manager will discover on Tuesday if he still has the full support of his board at the club he has served for 21 years.
The decision on his future takes place amid the backdrop of another withering verbal barrage from Adams - one of the club’s favourite sons.
In an interview with the Guardian, the 50-year-old said of Wenger, who earns £8 million a season: ‘He’s got a weird relationship with money. He’s on £8m a year but Arsenal’s junior coaches are on £30 000.
‘Chelsea’s coaches are on £90 000. Take £7m, Arsene, and give them a rise. It’s not like he’s using the money to throw parties for his friends because he hasn’t got none. He’s only got a few guys in France. I feel a bit sorry for him.’
In the serialisation of his new book, Sober, the former Gunners skipper - who has a statue outside the Emirates Stadium - has been critical of the Arsenal manager.
Wenger, Sportsmail understands, believes that Adams’s animosity stems from his refusal to hand him the role of assistant manager after Pat Rice’s departure in 2012.
Back then, Adams was spending plenty of time at the club’s training ground, angling for the job as Wenger’s No 2. However, Steve Bould and Neil Banfield were promoted from the academy and the reserves respectively, and Adams was left in the cold.
Wenger, if all goes according to plan, will sign a new two-year contract at the club’s board meeting on Tuesday.
Adams believes part of the reason Wenger will continue is because the Arsenal hierarchy are unwilling to challenge him. ‘Wenger said, “I’ve turned down every club in the world”,’ said Adams. ‘But he would’ve been sacked after a year at Madrid. He would’ve had to go from club to club. Yet at Arsenal he’s got total dominance. He has a free rein. And I don’t think Arsene can let go. It’s an addiction.’
In addition to Wenger’s decision to overlook Adams for the No 2 job five years ago, the former defender also claims to have been overlooked for coaching roles in Arsenal’s academy.
However, Adams, on the brink of taking a role with the Under 18’s last summer, turned his back on a return to the club in favour of a job in China. He has just finished a stint as coach at Spanish side Granada, who have been relegated from La Liga.
Nevertheless, Adams, speaking about what he describes as Wenger’s refusal to take him back to the club, added: ‘I’d been at the club 23 years and they treated me like that? It was a f****** disgrace.
‘I wanted to say, “Arsene, I understand I’ve got no right to go back to Arsenal because I played here. Tell me if I’m not good enough”. Don’t tell me, “You’re going to be the next Arsenal manager, I’ve got high hopes for you”.’