Adams fights back from food poisoning

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MICKY Adams, the Sheffield United manager, is expected to take his place in the dug-out at Watford this afternoon despite being taken ill on Thursday.

The 49-year-old missed the pre-match press conference, prompting fears that the sickness bug which recently forced Ched Evans to miss a number of games had returned with a vengeance.

But Adams’ assistant, Alan Cork, said: “It’s food poisoning. Micky went out for a meal with Harry (Bassett, United’s football consultant) on Wednesday and so he’s blaming it on some dodgy prawns.

“He should be okay for the match though; don’t you worry about that.

“We’ve had a few of the lads not feeling too well to be fair but this isn’t the same thing.”

Meanwhile, United’s latest opponents appear to be on the verge of a £440,000 takeover after a group financed by entrepreneur Laurence Bassini lodged notice of their intention with the London Stock Exchange. Should the terms of their offer to parent company Watford Leisure PLC be accepted then Bassini has pledged to inject over £3 million of working capital.

The businessman told a local newspaper that he changed his surname from ‘Bazini’ after being declared bankrupt in 2007 following an unsuccessful hotel venture.

Lord Ashcroft, whose company controls nearly 38 per cent of the club, has reportedly accepted a proposal of one pence per share. Improvements are also being discussed to its Vicarage Road stadium.

A brochure released by Watford FC Limited also contains reassurances that manager Malky Mackay, assistant Sean Dyche and chairman Graham Taylor will all retain their roles should the deal be ratified.

Mackay guided Watford to a creditable draw at Swansea on Tuesday but warned United will pose an altogether different challenge.

“I think they’ve had four managers this season if you include John Carver who was caretaker,” he said. “That has all being going on in a relatively short space of time with Kevin Blackwell leaving early on, so I imagine it’s been a hard year for them for a number of reasons.

“But this will be tough for us, make no mistake.”