Adams D-Day looms

Eager to stay: Micky Adams is keen to remain as Blades boss
Eager to stay: Micky Adams is keen to remain as Blades boss
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MANAGER Micky Adams will meet with Sheffield United’s board to discuss his long-term future at the club next week, The Star can reveal.

Despite a mini late revival, Adams could not prevent his boyhood club from sliding into the third tier of English football for the first time since 1988.

Adams, who has overseen just four victories in his 23 matches in charge since replacing Gary Speed at the helm, has two years left to run of his contract.

He has indicated he would like the opportunity to lead his beloved Blades back into the Championship.

But, for now, Adams is urging his players to try and extend their unbeaten league run to four matches when the club travel to Swansea City on Saturday for their final league fixture.

“All we are concerned about is getting Saturday’s game out of the way and trying to finish the season on a high for the supporters,” he said. “It has been a disappointing season and everyone feels for the supporters.

“We all have to take collective responsibility for what has happened and move forward.

“It is important we put in a professional performance down at Swansea and try to win the game.”

Providing he is kept on as boss, Adams has accepted he will have to drastically cut United’s £12m wage bill in the wake of relegation.

Senior players, including Nick Montgomery and top goalscorer Ched Evans, who are believed to be attracting admiring glances from Leeds United and Norwich City respectively, could be moved on in the summer to ease the club’s financial plight.

With that in mind, Adams has hinted he is considering giving more youngsters a run out in Wales against the Swans, who could finish as high as third in the table with a victory.

Danny Philliskirk, Erik Tonne, Phil Roe are all on the fringes of the first-team and are pushing for places while Mihkel Aksalu could be given the nod in between the sticks after impressing in the reserves’ midweek defeat to Derby.

“I think there will be a mixture of senior professionals and young lads in the 18-man squad at Swansea,” he confirmed. “This game gives me the opportunity to add one or two youngsters to the squad.

“We will be looking for individuals to come to the fore on and show what they can do given the opportunity.”