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21 Mar 2002

Leicester City's assistant manager Micky Adams has added to his apology to Dave Bassett by saying he made the right decision to come to Filbert Street from his former post at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Adams has insisted that his decision to quit as Seagulls boss was a good move that he has no regrets about.

The former Brigton boss looks likely to face the side he guided to the Nationwide League Division Three title in 2001 if, as seems certain, Leicester are relegated and Brighton are promoted.

If this were to happen, the former Leicester boss Peter Taylor would also be thrown up against his old team, having maintained the Seagulls position at the top end of Division Two this season following his appointment.

Adams is set to step into Bassett's shoes at the end of next season but reports had suggested the number two was getting itchy feet. However, he is adamant he has no regrets about making the switch.

"At the time it was a massive wrench to leave Brighton - I built up a rapport with the supporters, the majority of whom understand what a good job I did for them," Adams declared.

"But do I regret leaving Brighton? No, not really. You make decisions as a person, as a manager, and you live and die by them. You've got to get on with it. I've got no regrets."

Adams is sure that the Foxes will go down fighting if relegation is to be their fate this season and he expects the players to be motivated as they take on Leeds on Saturday, even after the massive blow of seeing their first win in three and a half months denied by a last-gasp penalty kick in their last match.

He said: "It was disappointing to come so close to that elusive win which would have been a great fillip to everyone, but the referee gave a penalty that was harsh to say the least.

"But we've got to get on with it. There's another game on Saturday, and that's how we are approaching it. We can't argue with the effort and enthusiasm of the players, particularly in the last two games.

"We've drawn the last two games with Charlton and Southampton, and the players are not getting the rewards for all their hard work at the moment."

Micky Adams

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