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Micky Adams confirmed as Sheffield United manager

Micky Adams
Micky Adams takes over at Bramall Lane having lost just 19 times in his 81 games in charge of Port Vale

Micky Adams has left Port Vale to take over as manager at Sheffield United.

The much-travelled ex-Fulham, Brighton and Leicester boss, 49, has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal to become Gary Speed's successor at Bramall Lane.

Compensation has been agreed between the clubs, with Adams leaving Vale in second place in League Two.

Former Blades striker Alan Cork will be Adams' number two, while caretaker manager John Carver and assistant boss Sam Ellis have left the club.

Adams arrived at Vale Park in June 2009 and, within 18 months, has turned them into a promotion-chasing side.

Having come through the youth ranks at Bramall Lane before beginning his playing career with Gillingham, Adams has made no secret that he is a Blades fan.

He told the Sheffield United website: "I've always supported the Blades and my favourite player growing up was Tony Currie. He was and still is my biggest idol.


"There is no doubt that my task is threefold. Firstly, to ensure that we avoid relegation and there is clearly enough time left in the season to do that.

"Secondly, to help us become a team that can challenge for promotion.

"Lastly, to develop a structure that will us build a reputation for home grown talent that fans can be proud of in their team.

"With the support of the board and the football staff, I intend to do everything I can to bring all that about."

Former Blades boss Dave Bassett, a close friend of Adams, told BBC Radio Stoke he would do a good job at his hometown club.

"Micky grew up watching them and there is always that dream of being their manager," Bassett added.

"It will be a hard job, but Micky has got some good qualities.

"He's worked as a coach, he's managed at Fulham, Brighton, Brentford and we worked together at Nottingham Forest and Leicester.

"He has a good background and that's important."

Geoff Horsfield and Mark Grew will take temporary charge of Vale.

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