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Micky Adams
Personal information
Full name Michael Richard Adams
Date of birth 8 November 1961 (1961-11-08) (age 48)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Full back
Club information
Current club Port Vale (manager)
Youth career
1974–1979 Sheffield United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1983 Gillingham 92 (5)
1983–1987 Coventry City 90 (9)
1987–1989 Leeds United 73 (2)
1989–1994 Southampton 144 (7)
1994 Stoke City (loan) 10 (3)
1994–1997 Fulham 29 (8)
1997 Swansea City 0 (0)
1997–1998 Brentford 0 (0)
Total 438 (34)
Teams managed
1996–1997 Fulham (player-manager)
1997 Swansea City (player-manager)
1997–1998 Brentford
1999 Nottingham Forest (caretaker-manager)
1999–2001 Brighton & Hove Albion
2002–2004 Leicester City
2005–2007 Coventry City
2008–2009 Brighton & Hove Albion
2009– Port Vale
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael Richard "Micky" Adams (born 8 November 1961) is an English former professional footballer who is the current manager of English League Two side Port Vale.

As a player, he spent long periods as a full back for Gillingham, Coventry City, Leeds United and Southampton, before shorter spells as a player with Stoke City and Fulham. He was then appointed Fulham's player-manager, before spells as manager at Swansea City, Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion (twice), Leicester City and Coventry City, before taking up his current position at Port Vale.

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Playing career

Adams was born in Sheffield, his boyhood idol being Tony Currie, and was an associate schoolboy with Sheffield United from the age of twelve.[1] He was a favourite of manager Jimmy Sirrel, though when he lost his job in September 1977 and was replaced by Harry Haslam the next year Adams was soon released from the youth set-up.[1] Adams then travelled 240 miles out from home to join Gillingham as an apprentice in August 1978, going on to sign as a professional in November 1979. Adams started his playing career as a left-winger before being converted into a left-back.[2]

After 103 appearances for Gillingham he moved on to Coventry City in 1983 for either a £75,000[3] or £85,000[4] fee. He played over 100 games for City over a four year period before Leeds United took him to the Second Division for a £110,000 fee. His return to First Division football came in March 1989 when Southampton offered Leeds £250,000 for his services.[3]

Adams joined Southampton just before the 1989 transfer deadline and made his debut for the "Saints" taking Derek Statham's place at left-back in a 3–1 defeat by Arsenal on 25 March. Adams retained his place for the next seven games, before losing out to Gerry Forrest for the last few matches of the season.[5] Adams played the first seven matches of the 1989–90 season before losing his place through injury to Francis Benali, who then began to form a useful full-back partnership with Jason Dodd. In April 1990, Adams was recalled alongside new signing Aleksei Cherednik and they played out the remainder of the season together.[6]

Adams began to establish himself as the first-choice left-back at the start of the 1990–91 season, partnered first by Cherednik and then Dodd, and finally by Barry Horne on the right.[7] Once he had overcome the niggling injuries of his first two seasons at The Dell, Adams' consistency began to ensure that the left-back position was more or less his own, with his energetic forays along the touchline helping to give the side an extra cutting edge.[2] His first goals for the Saints came in the 1991–92 season against Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.[8] Against West Ham on 14 April 1992, he scored the only goal with a far-post volley in the 88th minute after Matt Le Tissier had created space to whip over a cross: the goal was described as "a moment of true class in an otherwise ordinary game".[9]

During the inaugural season of the Premier League, Adams missed only four games, making 38 appearances with four goals, with his right-wing partner now being Jeff Kenna, with manager Ian Branfoot playing Dodd and Benali further forward.[10] He wrote himself into the history books, for all the wrong reasons, when he was sent off for dissent on 19 August 1992 at Queens Park Rangers' Loftus Road, during the second game of the season.[11] His was the first ever red card in the Premiership.[12] The 1993–94 Premiership season was Adams' last in the top flight; he started the season as the preferred choice at left-back before losing out to Simon Charlton. His final game for Southampton came in a 1–0 defeat at home to Norwich City, immediately following which Branfoot was sacked as manager, to be replaced by Alan Ball.[13] Adams never played under Ball and was loaned out to Stoke City in March 1994 until the end of the season.[2] In his five years with Southampton, Adams made a total of 174 first-team appearances, scoring seven goals.[2]

In July 1994, he joined Fulham where he was re-united with Ian Branfoot in preparation for the Cottagers 1994–95 season. After taking over the management reins at Fulham, Adams continued as a player-manager, but increasingly focused on the management side of his game before retiring as a player following his spell at Brentford.

Managerial career

Before going into management, 'the straight-talking Yorkshireman'[14] had already demonstrated his ability to spot talented youngsters. Around 1994 he spotted Wayne Bridge playing for Olivers Battery, he recommended Bridge to Southampton, who then signed him as a trainee in July 1996.[15]

Fulham

Adams moved into management with Fulham, taking over from Ian Branfoot in March 1996 with the London club languishing in 91st place in the league pyramid. After he had help the club avoid non-league football, Fulham were promoted to Division Two as runners-up in the following season's final table.[16] The highest fee he spent on a player during his reign was £200,000 for former Saints teammate Paul Moody.[17]

Following the takeover of Fulham by Mohammed Al Fayed, Adams was dismissed as manager in September 1997 in favour of the higher profile combination of Kevin Keegan (director of football) and Ray Wilkins (head coach).[16]

"I have to say that it was probably the right decision because look where they are now. All Mr Fayed has to say is 'there's my record'. At the time getting rid of me was a harsh decision. A director at the club told me I was going to be the Alex Ferguson of Fulham. I signed a five-year contract... and four months later I was sacked."
Adams speaking in July 2009[18]

Swansea City

Shortly after his dismissal from Fulham, Adams made a quick return to management with Swansea City in Division Three but left after thirteen days and three matches in charge. Adams claimed that the money he had been promised to strengthen the team had not been forthcoming.[16]

Brentford

Before 1997 was out, Adams took his third job of the 1997–98 season when he was named manager of Brentford in place of Eddie May who had been appointed in the summer of 1997 following the purchase of the Club by previous manager David Webb. Brentford had suffered a slump in league form after losing the previous season's Division Two playoff final, and were struggling near the foot of the table. Despite Adams efforts, Brentford were relegated to Division Three on the last day of the season, and the club was bought out by Ron Noades who installed himself as the new Brentford manager.[19]

After taking a break from the game, Adams joined up Nottingham Forest as assistant manager under Dave Bassett. Bassett was dismissed in January 1999 and so Adams took charge as caretaker-manager for a single Premiership match, before Ron Atkinson was appointed as Bassett's replacement.[16]

Brighton

Adams returned to management in April 1999 with Division Three team Brighton & Hove Albion. The club were in the middle of a financial crisis, which had seen the board sell the Goldstone Ground just to stay afloat, on the pitch the club were facing a battle for their league status.[20] His first full season as manager was a matter of consolidation as the club finished a respectable 11th, while Adams signed talent such as star striker Bobby Zamora.[16] The £100,000 spent on Zamora was the only transfer outlay Adams made in building his squad.[21]

In his second season as manager, 2000–01, Adams guided Brighton to promotion as Division Three champions after the club had spent five seasons in the league's basement division. A late chase for the title[22] proved to be unnecessary, as high flying Chesterfield were deducted nine points for financial irregularities,[23] leaving Brighton ten points clear at the season's end.

Adams made no bones about his ambitions at managing at a higher level, stating his disappointment at not being offered the management positions at either Southampton or West Ham United in the summer of 2001.[24] He did leave the Seagulls in October 2001, though by then he had already set the foundations for Brighton to achieve a second successive promotion as Division Two champions in 2001–02. Over the summer he had brought in players such as Simon Morgan, Geoff Pitcher, Robbie Pethick and Dirk Lehmann, to give Brighton depth.[25]

Leicester

In October 2001 Adams left Brighton to become assistant manager to Dave Bassett at Leicester City.[26][27] Peter Taylor, the former Leicester manager, was drafted in to complete Brighton's promotion campaign. Adams chose the move in an attempt to get closer to his dream of managing a Premiership club.[28] He understood that Bassett was to move 'upstairs' at the end of the season, leaving Adams free to take the management job for 2002-03.[29]

Adams spent six months working under Bassett and during that time Leicester were almost permanently stuck to the bottom of the Premiership. In March 2002 he demanded the management position for next season, though he later apologised for his comments and insisted he was happy working under Bassett,[16][30] and had no regrets about leaving Brighton.[31] The next month, just before relegation was confirmed,[32] Adams was promoted to the manager's seat while Bassett became Director of Football.[33] Adams said: "I'm not expecting to produce a miracle, I'm still working with the same group of players".[34]

In July 2002, he appointed Alan Cork as his number 2.[35] Losing just one of their opening eleven games, his side made an excellent start to the campaign, seeing Adams rewarded with the Manager of the Month award for September 2002.[36] Despite Leicester going into receivership with debts of £30 million and being banned from the transfer market until a takeover was completed,[19] Adams was able to guide them to promotion back to the Premiership at the first attempt — they ended the 2002–03 season as Division One runners-up behind champions Portsmouth. At the end of the campaign he signed a new three year contract.[37]

"I have a lot of respect for Micky Adams, who has proved himself at all levels. He has gone into clubs with little or no money to spend and shown he is not afraid of taking on tough jobs. I wish him well in the future, because he is one of the brightest young managers in the game."
Kevin Keegan speaking in November 2003.[38]

He was in charge for the first game at the Walkers Stadium.[39] Despite a good start to their campaign,[40] the club fell into the relegation zone in the new year.[41] Adams was clearly resentful of lucrative long term contracts dealt out to his less talented platers by previous managers, which restricted his ability to bring in fresh faces to boost their campaign.[42] Leicester slipped back down again in 2003–04 in 18th place, bracketed together with the two other relegated sides — Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers — whose goal difference was inferior to Leicester's. The Foxes were becoming a "yo-yo club" and Adams blamed this on a lack of investment.[43] The campaign was also not helped by an incident in March 2004 in which nine of his players were arrested,[44] though this number was later reduced to three players in Paul Dickov, Frank Sinclair and Keith Gillespie.[45] Adams kept faith in his players' innocence,[46] and his faith was later vindicated when it transpired that all allegations against the players were false.[47]

The club lost their talismanic Turk Muzzy Izzet in the summer of 2004.[48] Adams had previously stated his concern that they would be unable to regain their top tier status before he resigned as Leicester manager in October 2004,[49] after a poor start to the Coca Cola League Championship campaign dashed the club's hopes of an instant return to the Premiership.[50]

"This is a very sad day for Leicester City Football Club. Everyone connected with the club wanted Micky to stay and we did our utmost to try to persuade him to change his mind."
Leicester City Chief executive Tim Davies on announcing Adam's departure.[51]

Coventry City

In January 2005, Adams made a return to management in the Coca Cola Championship with struggling Coventry City, a club he had been at during his playing career.[52][53] Adams managed to save the club from relegation that year.[54]

He was expected by some to mount a challenge for promotion to the Premiership in 2005–06, which was the club's first season in the new Ricoh Arena. The team started out poorly, but improved in the second half of the season to rise up the table, with Adams making an inspired signing in Dennis Wise.[19] However despite excellent home form, he could only guide Coventry as high as 8th, missing out on a play-off place by only two league places, though several points adrift of that year's standard.

Midway through the following season however, following a run of five games without defeat, Coventry suddenly and unexpectedly hit a bad run of form. A 5–0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion began a sequence of eight games without a win, including six defeats. This culminated in a 2–0 home defeat to Bristol City in the FA Cup, a game which also saw a record low attendance at the Ricoh Arena.

On 17 January 2007, the day after the cup exit, the club parted company with Adams, with Coventry lying 16th in the Championship.[19] Adams stated that he intended to return to management as soon as possible.[55] He admitted that the sale of Gary McSheffrey to Birmingham City had been a turning point in the club's season.

"We are committed to our three-year quest to get Coventry City back into the Premiership and believe that tough decisions like this will sometimes be needed to fulfil that aim as is sadly the case today.
Coventry City statement following Adams' dismissal.[56]

Colchester

In July 2007, Adams was appointed by Colchester United as assistant manager to Geraint Williams,[57] replacing Mick Harford who had left the previous month.[58] He subsequently left this role in January 2008, stating that he wanted to return to management.[59]

Return to Brighton

In May 2008, Adams returned to the helm at Brighton & Hove Albion,[60] supplanting Dean Wilkins. On 21 February 2009, Adams left the club by "mutual consent", (although he had stated he wished to stay) due to poor team performances.[61]

Port Vale

In May 2009, Adams was a late applicant for the vacant managers job at Port Vale after Dean Glover's departure from the club.[62][63] On 4 June, it was announced that Adams was to be appointed the new manager at Vale Park.[64] His appointment was welcomed by the Vale players[65] and supporters.[66] Chairman Bill Bratt stated that Adams' first goal must be to stabilize the club,[67] a point reiterated by observers such as Robbie Earle,[68] as well as Adams himself.[69] This follows the Valiants fall from the second tier to near the bottom of the Football League within ten years.

He made his first signing on 15 June, bringing 21 year old Tommy Fraser to the club on a free transfer, who had played for Adams at Brighton.[70] After confirming the signing of Adam Yates, who was linked to the club before Adams' arrival, Adams signed Doug Loft, who had also played under him at Brighton.[71] After a pre-season friendly, Adams considered switching to a 3-5-2 formation for the 2009-10 season.[72] On 21 July, it was announced that Adams had appointed veteran striker Geoff Horsfield as player-assistant manager.

His first competitive game in charge was a 1-1 draw with Rochdale on 8 August.[73] Three days later the club beat Championship side Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane in the League Cup first round.[74] The solid opening day performance and especially the giant-slaying in the cup gave Vale fans great optimism for the season ahead.[75] He was still strengthening his squad early in the season, signing midfielders Kris Taylor and Claus Bech Jørgensen on short-term deals. In order to raise cash he placed six youngsters on the transfer list.[76] The Vale defeated Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 in the League Cup Second Round, with goals from Adams' signing Kris Taylor and Rob Taylor - a player not appreciated under Glover.[77] It was only after the Wednesday game that Adams actually signed his managerial contract - two months after taking charge.[78] The delay was blamed on 'legal complications'.[79] After a period of three defeats in seven days, including being knocked out of the League Cup at the third round, Adams decided to place his whole squad on the transfer list, saying of his team's performance: “We looked like a woman who had a big fur coat on but underneath she’s got no knickers on.”[80] It was a controversial move, one that divided opinion among analysts and fans,[81][82] also bringing the fourth tier club to national attention.[83] The move appeared to many to be a motivational tactic.[84] Three wins, including a cup win over League One Stockport County and a league win at local rivals Crewe Alexandra, and three draws within four weeks saw Adams nominated for the League Two Manager of the Month award for October 2009.[85] He signed a contract extension in November 2009, keeping him at the club until summer 2012.[86][87]

"The vision that I share with the board and the supporters is to win promotion. I think it can be achieved. It's all about short steps. The first one was to stabilise and we've done that. The players have bought into my philosophy and the next stage is to win promotion and establish ourselves as a League One club."
Adams plans for the at Vale Park future upon signing his two year contract extension.[88]

Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Fulham England 1 August 1996 25 September 1997 63 30 16 17 47.61
Swansea City Wales 9 October 1997 22 October 1997 3 0 0 3 00.00
Brentford England 5 November 1997 1 July 1998 33 7 15 11 21.21
Nottingham Forest England 5 January 1999 11 January 1999 1 0 0 1 00.00
Brighton & Hove Albion England 12 April 1999 10 October 2001 125 57 34 34 45.60
Leicester City England 7 April 2002 11 October 2004 111 41 38 32 36.93
Coventry City England 23 January 2005 17 January 2007 99 33 26 40 33.33
Brighton & Hove Albion England 8 May 2008 21 February 2009 40 9 16 15 22.50
Port Vale England 5 June 2009 present 31 10 14 7 32.26

Honours

As a manager

Awards

Fulham
Brighton & Hove Albion
Leicester City
Coventry City

Promotions

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