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Thursday, 4 April, 2002, 14:04 GMT 15:04 UK
Leicester appoint Adams
Micky Adams and Dave Bassett of Leicester
Adams (right) will take sole charge of first-team affairs
Micky Adams has been confirmed as Leicester's new manager, with current boss Dave Bassett moving up to director of football.

Adams will officially step up to the job on 8 April, leaving Bassett in control against Manchester United on Saturday.

Leicester also named Martin George as new chairman in place of John Elsom. It will be his second stint as chairman at Filbert Street.

Elsom was involved in an off-the-field battle two years ago with the so-called Gang of Four to wrest control of the club.


We're both big boys and life goes on
Dave Bassett

Adams, previously Bassett's assistant, becomes the club's third manager since Martin O'Neill quit 21 months ago to join Celtic.

Bassett conceded that common sense had prevailed, with Leicester virtually certain of relegation from the Premiership.

Giving Adams extra time to prepare, he insisted, was in there interests of the club.

"We've been taking a look at things for a little while with people pushing things along for next season and what would be required," said Bassett.

"The club is unlikely to stay up and if Micky was going to be manager next season, why not now?

"We're both big boys and life goes on.

"If Micky can now get into the team it gives him a chance to work with the players, consider who he wants as an assistant and he can embellish his own personality.

Outgoing Leicester manager Dave Bassett
Bassett has clocked up 1,000 games as a manager
"In view of what happened with the chairman we thought this was a good time to do both."

Former Fulham boss Adams was always earmarked to step into Bassett's shoes after quitting as Brighton manager to move to Filbert Street last October.

Bassett took over at City following the sacking of Peter Taylor at the end of September last year and will now work in a mainly advisory role.

It has been common knowledge for several weeks that changes at the top were likely to happen sooner rather than later.

Elsom steps down

Adams was also reported to be ready to leave the club in the summer if he was not in charge for the 2002-03 campaign.

Adams said: "We have been in discussions for a while. That's been an open secret.

But he warned: "I'm not expecting to produce a miracle.

"First of all I'd like to thank Harry Bassett for taking charge for the Man United game."

Elsom will step down on Tuesday after being asked to resume his vice chairman duties by Leicester's plc chairman Sir Rodney Walker.

Elsom also revealed that he had been asked to step down by Leicester's plc chairman, Sir Rodney Walker, as chairman of the football club.

"Sir Rodney Walker recently approached me to inform me that the majority of directors thought it was time for a change of the chairman of the football club," said Elsom.

"I reluctantly accepted their viewpoint.

"I wish Martin George well and give him my full support.

"I very much hope that the appointment of a new chairman and manager, coupled with the move to a new stadium, will see an upturn in the playing fortunes of the club," added Elsom.

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BBC Sport's Andy Barwell
"Adams is expected to be named as the club's third manager in 21 months"
New Leicester boss Micky Adams
"I am delighted to get the job"
Leicester director of football Dave Bassett
"It just seemed like the right time to make the change"
Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage
"I think it was inevitable"
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Will Micky Adams turn things around?

Yes
 20.49% 

No
 79.51% 

3850 Votes Cast

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