Nigel Reo-Coker and Kieran Richardson on trial with Granada
Less then a day after appointing Arsenal legend Tony Adams as their new interim coach, La Liga strugglers Granada granted trials to free agent pairing Nigel Reo-Coker and Kieran Richardson. Former England international Richardson, who made over 250 Premier League appearances after coming playing as a youth at Manchester United, has been bereft of any football since leaving Cardiff City over the festive period. Meanwhile, Reo-Coker has not played in England since leaving Ipswich Town in 2013, but represented three MLS franchises before being released by the Montreal Impact in 2016.
The Spanish club announced the news on Twitter. An unexpected appearance at training drew a lot of comments on social media. The news came as a surprise considering Adams had already stated in his introductory press conference that the club needed to sign more Spanish players, as the squad is 'too foreign'. The duo, both 32, have an uphill task to keep Granada in the league, should they earn contracts. The Andalucians are currently seven points adrift of safety with just seven games left to play. Since neither of the duo has played top-flight football for a year, Adams may simply be eyeing the duo as signings for Granada's campaign next season. Both, Richardson and Reo-Coker were at training at Granada on Wednesday morning after being given the opportunity to impress.
The newly-installed Granada boss has hinted that he won't be afraid to ruffle some feathers after being handed the head coaching job until the end of the campaign.
“This team for me are too young, too foreign, too inexperienced. We need to get some leadership from somewhere.”
Adams, who most recently managed Azerbaijan side Gabala between 2010 and 2011, was working at Granada as sporting director, before claiming the manager's seat after five losses in six games marked an end for coach Lucas Alcaraz.