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Vale boss Micky Adams expects Sheffield United decision

Port Vale manager Micky Adams
Adams has been Port Vale manager since 2009

Port Vale manager Micky Adams expects to find out in the next 48 hours whether he will be offered the chance to become Sheffield United's new boss.

Adams has held talks with the Blades, while Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll has ruled himself out of the running.

"I think the situation will be resolved one way or the other in the next 24 or 48 hours," Adams told BBC Radio Stoke.

"I don't want it hanging on any longer than that for the benefit of both clubs," he added.

United, who currently have first-team coach John Carver in caretaker control, have said that a successor to Gary Speed, who left to take the Wales job on 14 December after only four months in charge, will not be appointed until the new year.

But they were given permission to speak to Adams, whose Port Vale side lost 3-0 at Gillingham on Tuesday, on Christmas Eve and the Potteries club, who are second in League Two, have already resigned themselves to losing their Sheffield-born boss, 49, to the club he supported as a boy.

The Yorkshireman has won promotion three times, with Fulham, Brighton and Leicester.

And the much-travelled Adams, who has also managed Swansea City, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Coventry City, has looked on course to add a fourth promotion success this season with Vale.

"It's testament to how well he's done at Port Vale that we have now been approached," Vale chairman Bill Bratt told BBC Radio Stoke.

"We have received an approach and have reluctantly allowed Micky to speak to them.

"Micky is a terrific manager who has been up front and honest with us throughout the process.

"He was offered a new contract before this happened - and that is still on the table.

"We obviously want him to stay and we know everyone connected with the club feels the same."

Wolverhampton-born O'Driscoll had also been in the frame but played down suggestions last week that he had accepted the job and has reacted again to speculation linking him with the vacant post.

Sean O'Driscoll
O'Driscoll has played down reports he is leaving Doncaster

The 53-year-old told Rovers' official website: "I am not in the frame to fill this position and am preparing for the games we have against Scunthorpe and Sheffield United.

"I am not part of the process of Sheffield United appointing a new manager.

"All the speculation that has surrounded this over the past week is extremely unhelpful and disruptive to the players and staff at both football clubs and is very unwelcome."

Despite granting permission for O'Driscoll to talk to Sheffield United, as he did when Burnley tried to lure him away in January, Doncaster chairman John Ryan expects his manager to once again stay loyal.

"I've been loyal to Sean over many years and he has been loyal to me and I expect it to stay just the same," Ryan told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"United have got the fan base and they have got the stadium. But we have got the team and that can count for a lot.

"If Sean went to Sheffield United he would be their greatest manager but, whether they would give him the time is one thing. And he might end up relegating Sheffield United because it takes time for his system to work."

Like Vale, Rovers would have demanded a big compensation fee, estimated to be at least £500,000.

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