SHEFFIELD United today begin searching for their fifth manager in less than 12 months after parting company with Micky Adams.
The 49-year-old, who was axed after failing to preserve the South Yorkshire club‘s Championship status, is expected to be offered an immediate return to the game with former employers Port Vale.
Oxford’s Chris Wilder and Russell Slade of Leyton Orient are all likely to be linked with the vacant position if United decide to continue their policy of appointing candidates with links to Bramall Lane.
But Danny Wilson, previously of Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday, will also come under consideration should plc chairman Kevin McCabe and his fellow directors opt to make a clean break with the past having led Swindon Town to the League One play-off final 12 months ago.
“He (Adams) made it clear he wanted the chance to lead us next season but the fact remains that we have been relegated,” McCabe said.
“There will have to be changes in player personnel in the summer, young players will have to be given their opportunities at the right time and prudent recruitment implemented for what will be a really tough division to get out of.”
McCabe, who returned to the UK from his base in Belgium on Monday to take charge of the rebuilding process, was instrumental in the decision to part company with Adams.
Describing United’s season as “wretched” he acknowledged before yesterday’s announcement that Adams could not be held solely responsible for a miserable sequence of results which saw them finish 23rd in the table.
But, having indicated that United must emphasise the development of home-grown talent as they face the challenges of life in the third tier of English football, it appears Adams failed to convince McCabe of his commitment to such a process.
Assistant manager Alan Cork and chief executive Trevor Birch have also severed their ties with United.
Adams, who replaced caretaker John Carver at the helm in December, spoke of his sorrow in a statement, saying: “Obviously I am very, very disappointed with the decision but I still wish Sheffield United all the best.
“I am a Blade and will always be a Blade so I’m just sorry that my move here has not worked out but I thank the fans for their support.”