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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 October, 2004, 07:45 GMT 08:45 UK
Wilkinson accepts Leicester role
Howard Wilkinson
Wilkinson will fill the gap at Leicester
Leicester have appointed former FA technical director Howard Wilkinson as a temporary first-team coach.

Wilkinson has stepped in following the departures of manager Micky Adams and coach Alan Cork on Monday.

Director of football Dave Bassett, who has taken over as caretaker boss, has turned to Wilkinson to help out.

"I'm delighted. He's experienced, he's been around a long time and he will help me out. He fits the bill at this present time," said Bassett.

"As caretaker manager I needed to bring someone in who was available and flexible - we need to make an impact at getting some results.

"He's basically come to help out Leicester and myself.

We are in a good position to strike for the front and have a lot of time left to do it
Howard Wilkinson
"We may be together for a week, a month or three months. We're not talking about the future - we've only just got over Micky Adams leaving - we've just got to think about Coventry on Saturday."

Wilkinson endured a disastrous spell at Sunderland during the 2002-2003 season when he won just four out of 27 games.

However, he is confident he can help Leicester get their promotion bid back on track.

"The position we are in is not the best or the worst. We are in a good position to strike for the front and have a lot of time left to do it," he said.

"I've got to get the sort of relationship with the players where they think I'm good for them."

And Bassett added: "I have no doubt I've got the right man - Howard won the championship when he was at Leeds.

"You don't suddenly become a bad manager or coach because results suddenly go against you.

"Howard Wilkinson's record stands up to very many people."

Adams quit after a disappointing start to a season in which Leicester were tipped to bounce back from relegation from the Premiership last season.

Before he left, Adams fell out with defender Martin Keown and transfer-listed the former Arsenal man but Bassett said Keown would now be back in contention for the first team.

"I haven't spoken to Martin yet, but as long as we pay his wages he will be in contention for the first team," he said.

"There was a disagreement between Micky and Martin and it's not for me to say who was right and who was wrong.

"If he can play and help us pick up points then that's all I'm bothered about."

Interview: Howard Wilkinson

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