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Micky Adams

Managing: Leicester City
Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 08/11/1961


Micky Adams took over as the Leicester City manager on Monday 8 April 2002 after he had spent much of the 2001-2002 season being groomed to take over from Dave Bassett as the Foxes boss. Adams had been brought in as Bassett's assistant manager as the pair attempted to save Leicester from relegation from the Barclaycard Premiership.

Micky's appointment, immediately after his resignation from his position as Brighton and Hove Albion manager, had come an understanding that he would eventually take over as manager from Bassett.

Born in Sheffield on 8 November 1961, Micky started out as a player with Gillingham. He joined the Kent club as an apprentice and spent three seasons with the Gills, making 85 appearances. The defender moved to Coventry City in July 1983 and made the same number of appearances for the Sky Blues before he joined his third club, Leeds United, in 1986.

After a further 71 appearances for the Elland Road club, he moved to Southampton, notching up a total of 141 games in the red and white of the Hampshire club.

After his five-year spell with the Saints, Adams went to Fulham and it was after his 25-game spell with the Cottagers that he started out in management.

Micky managed Fulham for just over a season, winning 30 of his 63 games in charge of the South London club.

Following his time at Craven Cottage, he was appointed manager at Swansea City but left the club after less than a fortnight in the post after being told finances he had been promised to strengthen the squad were not available.

He moved on to manage Brentford for the second half of the 1997-98 season, guiding the club to 6th position in the Nationwide League Second Division.

A short spell at Nottingham Forest followed as Adams' teamed up with Dave Bassett for the first time, becoming his assistant at the City Ground and taking over as caretaker manager, briefly, after Bassett's dismissal.

Ron Atkinson was the surprise choice to succeed Bassett and Adams left to join Brighton and Hove Albion where he was to make his name as one of the brightest young managers around for his feats at the Sussex outfit.

With Brighton, Adams took over at a club that, over the previous five seasons, had narrowly escaped relegation from the Football League on three occasions. With Brighton installed at the Withdean athletics stadium after losing their former home, the Goldstone Ground, Adams managed to guide the club to the Nationwide League Second Division in the 2000-01 season.

His feat in taking the club out of the bottom tier of league football on a shoestring - making inspirational signings such as striker Bobby Zamora - saw Adams coveted by several clubs, including his former side Southampton when Glenn Hoddle left the club.

Adams remained with the Albion, and was making great strides in Division Two when Leicester's offer tempted him to move on to take his chance of eventually becoming a Premiership manager Leicester.

Originally due to take over the reins from Dave Bassett at the beginning of the 2003-2004 season, Adams became Foxes boss near the end of the 2001-2002 campaign after Leicester had been doomed to relegation. Meanwhile, 'Harry' stepped up to become Director of Football having reached the milestone of 1000 games as a league manager.

With Leicester moving to a new home, The Walkers Stadium, for the start of the following season, Adams' appointment heralded something of a new era for the club. Unfortunately for the ex-Brighton boss, that era begins back in the Nationwide League, where, rather ironically, he faces his former club Brighton, who achieved promotion to Division One under former Leicester boss Peter Taylor.

Adams drafted in former Swansea City and Cardiff City manager Alan Cork - who he had previously worked with during his time in charge at Fulham - as his assistant manager in June 2002, as The Foxes began preparations for the new season.

Previous Clubs

Brighton & Hove Albion, Nottingham Forest, Brentford, Swansea City, Fulham

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