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03 Feb 2004

Despite joking that he would rather be buried alive and covered in snakes and spiders, Leicester City boss Micky Adams has insisted that he won't be quitting the struggling Foxes.

Adams admitted yesterday that he was enviously watching former footballer Neil Ruddock on TV programme "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here", half-wishing that he could be in the Australian jungle, away from the problems surrounding the Walkers Stadium after their 5-0 home defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

"I feel like saying 'I'm a celebrity, get me in there', because anything is better than this," said Adams. "You can bury me alive with a load of rats, as long as I'm away from Leicester!"

However, he insisted that he will not quit: "I think at the end of every defeat, particularly after the events of the past few results, you do think about it. You do think, `maybe someone else could could come in and do a better job' but it's only a moment's thought that you give to such things.

"I certainly have not had any thoughts of quitting. What has happened recently has not knocked my faith in myself because I'm still doing the same things as I did before. The one thing the Premiership teaches you is that you can't legislate for individual errors in decision-making by people on the pitch.

"When I look at past results, people have had a pop at me about substitutions and things like that but you can't legislate for players making mistakes because it has got nothing to do with you. Frank Sinclair only has to smash the ball into the stand in the last minute against Manchester City and we are into extra-time in the FA Cup replay but he didn't.

"James Scowcroft mis-kicked in the last minute of the game against Middlesbrough and they go on to score. That sort of thing has got nothing to do with how I coach the players. It is about decision-making on the pitch - and if they get the major decisions wrong, then it will cost you in the Premiership. What has happened, hasn't knocked me at all.

"Keeping Leicester in the Premiership now would be a greater achievement than getting promotion with everything that has gone off of late. The players were made to watch a video of Saturday and there is no defence for that performance.

"I haven't felt let down many times by the players - but on Saturday I was. We've got to respond and keep going and I remain as positive as the first day of the season. It is going to be difficult but we'll keep going."

Micky Adams

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