So, that really happened,
Tony Adams is officially the new manager at 19th-placed La Liga club Granada (until the end of the season). And he wore a suit at the announcement .
While the surprise of the appointment was only bested by the shock of Big Tone's threads, the move is not totally, completely, unexpected...sort of.
Confirmation that Tony Adams will take over at Granada until the end of the season https://t.co/YtLanD7J7o
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) April 10, 2017
Here's the logic: the Andalusian table proppers are owned by Chinese businessman Jiang Lizhang, who has used Adams as a sort of football troubleshooting consultant at his DDMC Football Club Management Company and Chinese Super League side Chongqing Dangdai Lifan.
Prior to his appointment in el sillo caliente (hot seat), the former Arsenal skipper had worked in an advisory role working for Granada, before ex-boss Lucas Alcaraz was dismissed.
While it's not totally out of the blue, the collective emotion of The Internet was still pure bamboozlement, as the man who had last managed at Azarbaijan side Gabala in 2011 took over in Spain's top flight at the business end of the season...
The Internet was confused...
@sidlowe the ex-arsenal´s player?
— Juanín El Más (@juancaraqk) April 10, 2017
Can someone check Adams doesn't think he's taking over a second hand Ford dealership? https://t.co/5BqWZZGwnS
— Chris Deeley (@ThatChris1209) April 10, 2017
7 games left, 7pts from safety, Real, Sevilla and Malaga still to play... Let's get that bloke in who managed Gabala in 2010 in, shall we? https://t.co/RhhRGYjrw2
— Andrew Headspeath (@TheElAndy) April 10, 2017
@sidlowe Which is coincidentally also the make of car he drove into a wall in 1990
— Steven Scutchings (@stevescutchings) April 10, 2017
@BBCSport These foreign managers blocking the local Spanish lads getting jobs.
— mark king (@ohmydosh1972) April 11, 2017
¿Qué sabe este tipo sobre la liga? Él ha venido de Inglaterra, cuando hay un montón de gerentes españoles. no tiene sentido. pic.twitter.com/Dzp78g0Xsr
— tosi (@afctosi) April 10, 2017
"You've got Marco Silva managing Hull, and Tony Adams at Granola. Swap em round, it doesn't add up Jeff. Adams can't speak foreign." pic.twitter.com/iWOHzFmKBj
— GeorgeWeahsCousin (@WeahsCousin) April 10, 2017
And then there was the fashion breakdown...
Please wear this suit for every game, Tony. pic.twitter.com/xQ3PIbZzQm
— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) April 10, 2017
— J (@jwv1995) April 10, 2017
Story number 1: Tony Adams confirmed as Granada coach until the end of the season
Story number 2: THE SUIT pic.twitter.com/FnV9c5GLik
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) April 10, 2017
Tony Adams named as manager of Spanish side Granada until the end of season, and celebrated by wearing a suit made of my nan's wallpaper. pic.twitter.com/J9WxSObFS5
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 10, 2017
Tony Adams needs a suit intervention pic.twitter.com/Is3VtmLmjx
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) April 10, 2017