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Tony Adams invites former Aston Villa duo for trial at La Liga strugglers Granada

Nigel Reo-Coker and Kieran Richardson are currently free agents.

NEW GRANADA BOSS Tony Adams has surprised many football fans by inviting out-of-contract English duo Nigel Reo-Coker and Kieran Richardson for trials at the relegation-threatened La Liga club.

Adams was on Monday confirmed as the side’s new manager until the end of the season, replacing the ousted Lucas Alcaraz.

The Arsenal legend took his first training session today where he was joined by compatriots Reo-Coker and Richardson, both of whom are currently free agents.

Reo-Coker, 32, is best known for playing at West Ham and Aston Villa before having spells at Bolton Wanderers and Ipswich Town.

The central midfielder then moved to MLS, where he plied his trade with Vancouver Whitecaps, Chivas and most recently Montreal Impact, who released him last year.

Former England international Richardson began his career at Manchester United before moving to West Brom (loan), Sunderland, Fulham, Aston Villa and Cardiff City. Like Reo-Coker, the versatile left-sided player failed to negotiate a new contract last year.

Adams, who has previously had management roles at Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Azerbaijani side Qabala, is tasked with retaining Granada’s top-flight status.

The club are currently second from bottom in La Liga, two points behind Sporting Gijon and seven points from safety, with Leganes currently occupying 17th spot.

In his first press conference yesterday Adams said that he was going to give the players “a kick up the arse” and “hopefully achieve a miracle” in keeping Granada up.

Adams’s first game in charge is a home fixture against 10th-place Celta Vigo on Sunday.

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