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I have nothing to prove, says new Port Vale boss Adams

Port Vale manager Micky Adams
Adams could not save Sheffield United from relegation to League One

Micky Adams insists he does not have to prove a point to anyone doubting him on his return as manager of Port Vale.

Adams left Vale to join Sheffield United in December, but was in charge at Bramall Lane for just four months.

The 49-year-old, who signed a three-year contract to return to Vale on 13 May, told BBC Radio Stoke: "I've got nothing to prove, only to myself.

"We've got to win football matches and it doesn't matter who's in charge. People will form opinions from that."

Vale were strong favourites to win promotion from League Two under Adams and started the season in excellent form.

They led the table for the early part of the campaign and were still in the automatic promotion places when Adams left Vale Park.

His departure, however, was the catalyst for a poor end to the season, in which Vale finished 11th, three points away from a play-off spot.

Sheffield United were deep in relegation trouble at the time of Adams' arrival and the former Leicester, Brighton and Coventry boss was unable to prevent the Blades sliding into the third tier of English football for the first time in over two decades.

However, Adams has no regrets about his decision to leave Vale and take over as manager of the club he supported as a child.

He continued: "Some might say I've been disloyal, but I managed Sheffield United at a difficult time.

"We beat Leeds United at Bramall Lane, where I stood on the Kop as a youngster with my dad and my brother.

If there's a few doubters and cynics out there, I suppose it will be up to me and the team to prove them wrong

Micky Adams

"There were a lot of emotional ties there and when we did that, nobody was more proud of it than I.

"Having said that, I get just as much joy managing Port Vale.

"I remember us beating Shrewsbury in front of 8,500 fans at the beginning of last season. It was a special atmosphere that night and there's no difference really.

"If there's a few doubters and cynics out there, I suppose it will be up to me and the team to prove them wrong.

"This team has got a lot to prove, especially to me."

One of Adams' first tasks is to consider the futures of four out-of-contract players at Vale Park.

Gary Roberts, Ritchie Sutton, Matthew Bell and Kris Taylor are all waiting to see if they will be offered new deals.

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Bratt hails Adams' return to Vale
20 May 11 |  Port Vale
Richards boosted by Adams arrival
19 May 11 |  Port Vale
Loft delighted with Adams return
16 May 11 |  Port Vale
Adams back as Port Vale manager
13 May 11 |  Port Vale
Sheffield United sack boss Adams
11 May 11 |  Sheff Utd
Richards seeking swift resolution
04 May 11 |  Port Vale
Adams confirmed as Blades manager
30 Dec 10 |  Sheff Utd

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