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16 Jul 2001

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Micky Adams has said that he was disappointed not to be offered interviews for either the Southampton or West Ham managerial roles earlier in the summer.

Although the Saints and the Hammers jobs were filled by Stuart Gray and Glenn Roeder, the Seagulls boss was linked with both positions.

Despite Adams not harbouring immediate plans to quit his position at the Albion, he is known to be an ambitious manager who would like to manage in the top-flight one day.

But when Glenn Hoddle left Southampton, then Harry Redknapp left West Ham, neither club offered Adams the interview for their hot-seats when it was the least he had been hoping for.

Adams said: "I was disappointed that I was never even asked to have an interview [by Southampton] and, again, I was disappointed that I wasn't asked to have an interview for the West Ham job."

The Seagulls boss thinks that lower division managers are largely overlooked these days as clubs instead turn to either to ‘designer managers’ or promote from within, as was the case with the Saints and the Hammers.

"The pyramid system doesn't seem to be happening now and that disappoints me," he said.

Micky Adams

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