Micky Adams, the Port Vale manager, will be targeting three points rather than revenge at Bramall Lane today, writes James Shield.
A lifelong Sheffield United supporter, the 51-year-old spent five months in charge of the South Yorkshire club before being axed following its relegation from the Championship three seasons ago.
Adams said: “I am a Port Vale man now and all I am interested in is getting a result for Port Vale. It wouldn’t matter who we were playing.
“My focus is purely on Port Vale, I haven’t got time to worry about Sheffield United.”
Chris Morgan became the third person to take the reins at United since Adams’ departure when David Weir was relieved of his duties last week.
Despite being handed the position on a caretaker basis, Morgan yesterday recruited former England and Newcastle coach Mick Wadsworth to help prepare the team.
Adams, reflecting upon his brief spell in the hotseat, added: “People will have to buy my book when it comes out to get my views.
“It didn’t go as well as I thought it would. I knew it would be a difficult challenge but I am already on record as saying I wasn’t given enough time.
“People might want me to say things that might bite me on the backside but all I can say is I want to win for Port Vale, the supporters, players and myself.”
Adams, who is expected to replace the suspended Carl Dickinson with Chris Birchall, has steered Vale to 12th in the League One table after achieving promotion last term.
Vowing to exploit United’s brittle confidence - they enter this afternoon’s match having drawn three and lost 10 of their previous 13 outings - he said: “I want them to worry more about us than we are doing about them.”
Meanwhile, United season ticket holders have been invited to ‘bring a friend’ free of charge to today’s fixture. The promotional passes can be obtained either in person at the box office or by telephoning 08719951889 by 1pm.
Supporters taking advantage of the initiative must provide their customer identification number.
Julian Winter, United’s chief executive, said: “We are keen to thank our fans.”