As Blades head for drop, boss admits he could turn his back

WATFORD VS Sheffield United. Utd's Micky Adams as words with Ref Dean Whitestone at the end
WATFORD VS Sheffield United. Utd's Micky Adams as words with Ref Dean Whitestone at the end
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MICKY Adams, the Sheffield United manager, has revealed he could consider leaving Bramall Lane if his dream job continues to prove a nightmare.

Adams, a life-long supporter of the South Yorkshire club, watched in horror as Darius Henderson and Lee Williamson both saw red during the opening stages of Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Watford.

But, despite his frank admission, the 49-year-old insisted he remains fully committed to their battle for Championship survival.

Asked whether he would “ever consider walking away” from his post, Adams replied: “I’ve got to be honest and say ‘yes’. I’m not saying that I am going to quit. I’m saying I would consider it if things don’t improve.

“I came here with my eyes wide open but they are gradually shutting. Some of the things I’m seeing I’m having to watch through my hands.

“I’m not putting a timescale on anything. I’ve just been asked the question.

“I’m just disappointed that, so far, I’ve been unable to turn it around.”

Adams will not want to remember United’s 10th defeat of his brief but turbulent reign in a hurry.

With the Blades already trailing to Danny Graham’s early strike, Henderson’s comeback following an 11-month absence lasted just 28 minutes before he was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

With Williamson also seeing red seven minutes later, what was left of United’s team fought courageously but were unable to prevent the hosts scoring twice more after the interval.

Adams, whose side are six points adrift of safety, added: “Being top of the table and getting two Manager of the Month awards with (former club) Port Vale seems a long time ago now. It’s been one hell of a season. I’ve run the whole gamut of emotions.

“But the chairman has been very supportive. This is still a great club.”

Watford manager Malky Mackay criticised Henderson and Williamson: “I’ve got a lad in hospital with a suspected broken ankle and the second sending-off was reckless. Our player was lucky he didn’t get a broken nose.”

But Adams described referee Dean Whitestone’s performance as “strange” and hinted United could launch an appeal.

“Two yellow cards I don’t think we can do anything about, but we’ll certainly be looking at the other very closely,” he said.

However, Adams rejected claims it had been a mistake to start Henderson against his former club.

“People might question the wisdom but there were 10 games left. We need him fit and the only way we’ll get him fit is by playing those games.

“Was he over-hyped? I don’t think so. I certainly didn’t see that in the dressing room beforehand.”