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Adams unveiled as Port Vale boss

Micky Adams
Adams has won promotion three times as a manager

League Two side Port Vale have appointed Micky Adams as their manager.

The 47-year-old, who parted company with Brighton in February, beat off competition from another vastly experienced candidate John Ward.

Adams told BBC Radio Stoke: "It's a huge task but I think this football club has got massive potential.

"Form and everything else has to bottom out eventually, and hopefully I can be the man to arrest the slump and take the club forward."

Adams added: "I met with the board a couple of times and I was impressed with the people that interviewed with me.

"They're honest. Everything's out in the open about the finances, I know all the bare bones about the football club, and I still wanted the job, so it's a massive task but one that I'm looking forward to," he said.

Adams, who is Vale's fourth manager in the space of 21 months, replaces Dean Glover, who left the club on 2 May.

Vale hope Adams' record of having three times won promotion, twice from the Football League's lowest tier, will rub off in the Potteries.

They from finished 18th in League Two last season under Glover, in the club's first campaign at that low a level in 23 years.

Glover's reign at Vale Park ended following the season's final game. And he has since severed all ties with the club after 18 years as a player, coach and manager.

Sheffield-born Adams, who started his 20-year playing career at Gillingham, made over 500 appearances in his various stays with eight different clubs - including a short spell with Vale's neighbours Stoke City.

He then embarked on a managerial career that, following his arrivals at Vale, will now also have taken in eight clubs in 13 years.

Adams started at Fulham in August 1996, leading the Cottagers to promotion from Division Three in his first season.


He then left Craven Cottage in September 1997 to re-emerge at Swansea a fortnight later. But he spent just three games at the Vetch Field before joining Brentford for the rest of the 1997/98 season.

After going to Nottingham Forest as number two to Dave Bassett, he took over as caretaker boss following his sacking in January 1999, only to then make way for Ron Atkinson at the City Ground.

He re-emerged with Brighton in April 1999. And, in his second full season with the Seagulls, he won the Division Three title again in May 2001.

He then linked up again with Bassett at Leicester, once again taking over from him just before the Foxes were relegated in April 2002.

In his first full season in charge, Adams took Leicester back to the top flight - his biggest achievement to date. But he left the Walkers Stadium in October 2004.

He was then back in football just down the M69 for two years at Coventry City in January 2005.

After his sacking at the Ricoh in January 2007, he was without a managerial role for 16 months until returning for a second spell at Brighton in May 2008. But, with the Seagulls struggling, that ended in February.

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