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David James accepts his share of the "guilt" for Portsmouth's plight - but believes the majority of the blame lies squarely at the door of former manager Tony Adams.Adams.

James believes Adams was too soft and never gave the players the guidance and even the dressing downs they needed.

But after just two wins in 16 league games under Adams and a position just one point above the relegation zone, James admitted: "I think the time was right (to change the manager)."

He added: "We're all guilty as players for individual mistakes which have cost us, but as a team we were not set up to replicate what we did last season.

"Players don't pick the team and individual mistakes are obviously to blame to a degree, but when that happens time and time again things have to be said or else people get used to it and take it as the norm."

FA Cup holders Portsmouth were seventh in the table when Harry Redknapp left after a heavy defeat to Braga in the UEFA Cup, and early signs under Adams were promising - including a 2-2 draw with AC Milan.

Star players Jermain Defoe and Lassana Diarra were sold in the transfer window but James added: "We are still basically the same team as in the first half of last season and we've still got enough quality to stay up.

"I certainly don't want to go down to the Championship because I did it before with West Ham, but we've got only 14 games to save ourselves and need strong management.

"It is a strong-minded team here but all players need guidance. They need to be told what is expected of them and what their role is."

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