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Sunday 21 January 2018

Adams happy to swap his garden for the Showgrounds

New Sligo Rovers manager Micky Adams will be hoping to hit the ground running when Cork City visit the Showgrounds tomorrow
New Sligo Rovers manager Micky Adams will be hoping to hit the ground running when Cork City visit the Showgrounds tomorrow

Darragh Cox

New Sligo Rovers manager Micky Adams says it was a "no-brainer" to take up the challenge of keeping the Bit O'Red in the top flight of the Airtricity League.

The 2012 league winners sit second-from-bottom in the Premier Division table, and lost 3-2 to basement side Limerick last week.

Adams has been tasked with ensuring their survival and took training with the squad for the first time yesterday ahead of tomorrow's home game against a Cork City side that have only lost once in 21 league games so far this year.

But the 53-year-old is just delighted to be back in the game.

"I was fed up with gardening.There are a lot of good managers that are sitting at home now, tending to their gardens like I was. And I have got to be honest, my garden looks superb at the minute.

"You can wait for the phone to ring as much as you want, but it is a competitive industry with lots of good managers out of work.

"At this time of the year in England, you are not going to get a job because everyone has already formulated their squads and backroom staff with the season starting this weekend.

"I am a working-class lad from a working-class area of Sheffield, and I want to work. So it was a no-brainer as far as I was concerned.


"Added to that are the fantastic facilities, some good people at the club I have met already, so I said, 'Why not? Let's have a go'."

The former Leicester, Coventry and Brighton boss becomes the club's sixth manager in just over a year, and has revealed that he spoke with one of the former managers before taking the job.

"Sligo Rovers has a fantastic history and tradition. I am aware of it because two friends of mine, John Coleman and Jimmy Bell, spoke very highly of the football club.

"I see this as an opportunity to showcase my talents again and to try and help Sligo.

"I'd like to think I am a forward-thinking coach and that the players will enjoy working with me, because they are the most important people. I think there is too much made of managers.

"At the end of the day, it is about the players. They have to enjoy coming to work on a daily basis and then take that work out onto the field on a Saturday."

Rovers had four debutants in their starting team for last weekend's defeat to Limerick, and tomorrow will come up against two players that departed the Showgrounds earlier in the season to sign for Cork, Steven Beattie and Stephen Folan.

Adams said: "The squad looks a bit lopsided in certain areas in my opinion and we are going to need players in if we can get them.

"We need to go back to basics. Get everyone playing in a position that suits them. But I'm not fazed by the challenge ahead."

Irish Independent

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