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21 Jul 2003

Many thought Leicester City would struggle to bounce straight back into the Barclaycard Premiership following their relegation in 2001/02.

Beset by financial problems, The Foxes' future seemed uncertain, but despite a transfer embargo on the club, Micky Adams led them to automatic promotion and is now looking ahead to his first season as a top flight manager.

It is the realisation of a dream for the former Leeds and Southampton left-back, and just reward for the hard work he has put in over the last seven years since making his managerial debut.

Adams had already achieved the seemingly impossible by guiding Fulham to the runners-up spot in Division Three in 1996/97 - his first season as a manager.

He had a similar impact at Brighton two years later, lifting them to 11th in his first full season at the helm and steering them to the Third Division title the following year.

Micky left The Seagulls early in the 2001/02 season to link up for a second time with Dave Bassett, with a view to taking over at Leicester.

Having taken charge with four games of that season remaining, following The Foxes relegation, he has worked wonders to take them back up again and to earn himself his first season as a Premiership boss - and it is not a status he wants to lose.

Now part of 'the elite' of his profession, the straight-talking Yorkshireman is determined to succeed once more, and although Leicester may be the bookies' favourites for relegation, few would bet against Micky working his magic again.

Micky Adams

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