SHEFFIELD United manager Micky Adams last night insisted he can bring the good times back to Bramall Lane even if he fails to save the club from relegation.
Eight points adrift of safety at the foot of the Championship table and without a win in their past three games, United require a miracle to avoid joining arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday in League One next term.
But speaking ahead of tomorrow’s visit to fellow strugglers Preston North End, Adams said: “I’m not throwing in the towel but if we do (go down) then I want the opportunity to take us back up.
“I came here with my eyes open. I didn’t look at this job and think everything was rosy because I’ve followed the team’s results all season. Did I think this situation would occur?
“Maybe naively I thought ‘no’ but I can honestly say that we’ve done absolutely everything to try and get us out of it.
“Often fans say to managers that they don’t understand what their club means, that they’ll be here long after we’ve gone and that we’re just custodians. Well I don’t think that’s something they can level at me.”
Adams, a lifelong United supporter, became Bramall Lane’s fourth manager of the campaign when he left promotion-chasing Port Vale in December.
“Best-case scenario is we stay up,” added Adams. “The worst is that we go down. If that happens then there’s a massive rebuilding job to be done.
“There will be players who don’t want to play in League One because they think they’re better than that and also a reduction in the wage bill whoever is the manager. However, they say it is always darkest before the dawn.
“I’ve shown at other clubs that I can do it but, ultimately, the decision isn’t going to be mine.”