30 years in football but out of a job

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Micky Adams began his football career as an apprentice with Gillingham Town in 1978.

Spells at Coventry City, Leeds United, Southampton, Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City followed before his playing days ended at Fulham in 1997. At Craven Cottage Adams took his first steps into management as player-manager for the club, which was then in 91st place in the Football League.

Adams worked wonders in London as Fulham avoided non-league football and were promoted to Division Two the following season. Surprisingly he was sacked just four months into a new five-year contract. A 13-day stay at Swansea was ended by Adams after money for team-strengthening didn’t materialise.

Nine months at Brentford ended in July 1998 with relegation before he returned to management with Brighton in 1999, leading them to promotion in 2001. In October of the same year Adams left the south coast to join Leicester City as manager before taking over in the hot seat from Dave Bassett.

Promotion to the Premier League with the Foxes in 2003 is perhaps Adams’ best achievement as a manager. But failure quickly followed success and he resigned in October 2004. Management jobs at Coventry City (2005-07) and Brighton (2008-09) led to Adams joining Port Vale as top man in May 2009. In December of last year the lifelong Blade was made United’s fourth manager of the season.