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04 Apr 2002

The new team manager of Leicester City is Micky Adams. Adams has been named as the Foxes boss in succession to Dave Bassett.

The club made it's decision public in a press conference given on Thursday at lunchtime and Bassett said that he was happy to allow his counterpart time to prepare himself for the coming season, which is likely to see the club back in the Nationwide League in their first season in the club's new 32,000-capacity stadium.

Bassett said: "We've been taking a look at things for a little while with people pushing things along for next season and what would be required.

"The club is unlikely to stay up and if Micky was going to be manager next season, why not now?

"We're both big boys and life goes on. If Micky can now get into the team it gives him a chance to work with the players and consider who he wants as an assistant."

Adams takes over from Bassett after the match against Manchester United this weekend that will see the Foxes relegated if they fail to win. The first task for Adams, who officially takes over on 8 April, will be to prepare Leicester for a friendly with Martin O'Neill's Glasgow Celtic side.

The manager-elect said: "This has always been discussed. It has been an open secret for a while but I'm slightly surprised that it's been announced now.

"I'm not expecting to produce a miracle, I'm still working with the same group of players."

Adams was brought to the club at the same time as Dave Bassett and was installed as Bassett's assistant manager with the club quite open at that time in admitting that Adams was being groomed to take over as the Foxes boss.

What was not completely clear was when Adams would step into Bassett's role as team manager even though Bassett initially intended to see Leicester through this season before stepping down.

Earlier this season, Adams apologised to Bassett after comments appeared in the press that suggested that he would reconsider his future if he was not appointed as team manager at the end of the season.

Adams later admitted that he had allowed his desire and enthusiasm to get the better of him but by then, it was known that he had arrived at the club fully expecting to take over.

Micky Adams' achievements as Brighton and Hove Albion manager brought him to the attention of several football clubs before Leicester took him to Filbert Street. Prior to managing Leicester, Adams had spells at Fulham, Swansea City, Brentford and Nottingham Forest.

After his feats that saw Brighton promoted from the Nationwide League Third Division, Adams was linked in 2001 to the vacant Southampton managerial role in the time between Glenn Hoddle's departure to Tottenham and the appointment of Stuart Gray at the Hampshire club.

Micky Adams

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