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Portsmouth speculation does not bother me: Adams

Portsmouth manager Tony Adams is ignoring newspaper speculation surrounding his future as he prepares his side for today’s clash with Barclays Premier League title hopefuls Liverpool at Fratton Park.

The club have fiercely denied reports that former Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley is lined up to take over of the south coast club in place of Adams, who has won only two of 15 league games since he succeeded Harry Redknapp in October.

Former Arsenal and England captain Adams still believes he has the backing of Portsmouth owner Sacha Gaydamak despite six defeats in the last seven Premier League games.

Adams said: "It’s not my job to focus on what the newspapers say. My job is the manager of Portsmouth Football Club and I’ll continue to do that until they tell me they don’t want me.

"I’ve had regular conversations with the owner in the last few days, particularly on Sunday when I was at the club all day with the transfer window and he was there wanting to know all that was going on. But there has been no suggestion they don’t want me to just get on with it."

Adams confirmed that hard words were said in the dressing room between him and his team following last Saturday’s dismal 3-1 defeat at Fulham and that he was abused by "a couple of fans" as he walked towards the team bus after the game.

He said: "Yes it hurt to hear that from what you think are your own people. But here I still believe the majority understand the situation we are in and how things have changed at the club."

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