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Micky Adams

Full name: Michael Richard Adams
Birthdate: 08.11.1961
Birthplace: Sheffield
Joined from: Brighton & Hove Albion
Nationality: England
Honours: First Division Runners-up 2002-03
Other clubs as manager: Fulham, Swansea City, Brentford, Nottingham Forest (caretaker), Brighton & Hove Albion (2), Coventry City, Port Vale (2), Sheffield United
Serving Period: 07.04.2002 - 11.10.2004
Games: 110
Wins: 41
Draws: 37
Losses: 32
  • Manager profile

    Sheffield-born Adams - who was also a Sheffield United fan and started his playing career as a youngster at Bramall Lane - will be remembered for guiding City back to the Premier League at the first attempt when he fully took charge of the club in the 2002-03 season, a feat made even more impressive given the Foxes entered administration that season and weren't allowed to sign anyone.

    Indeed, Adams somewhat made a name for himself as being a manager who could work minor miracles with clubs struggling financially, as he did with City when he took charge with the club in receivership, and also with Fulham and Brighton.

    As a player he moved from the Blades' youth academy to Gillingham's, where he went on to make 92 league appearances before moving on to play similar stints with Coventry City - who he later went on to manage - and Leeds United. He spent the bulk of his playing days with Southampton before going on to Fulham, where he took his first managerial job as player-manager. It proved successful, with Adams helping the club avoid the drop to non-league football in 1996 and then taking them to promotion the following season, earning him the Third Division Manager of the Season award.

    After Mohamed Al-Fayed took over Fulham Adams was dismissed, and he went on to short player-manager spells with Swansea and Brentford before Dave Bassett offered him the chance to be his assistant manager at Nottingham Forest. Following Bassett's dismissal, Adams followed him out of the door and went on to manage Brighton, where he enjoyed great success in helping them stay in the league and earn promotion the following season, in 2000-01. He also oversaw a great start to the following season, which lay the foundations for another promotion for the Seagulls, which was completed by Peter Taylor after Adams left Brighton in October 2001.

    He joined City as assistant manager to Bassett, for a second time following his stint at Forest, citing reasons to get closer to his dream of managing in the Premier League. The 'carrot' that attracted him to the Walkers Stadium was the fact that Bassett was to move 'upstairs' at the end of the season, leaving Adams free to take full control for the 2002-03 season. He did just that, but only after Leicester were relegated from the top flight. Still, despite City going into receivership and being banned from making transfers until a takeover was complete, Adams produced minor miracles in guiding the club back to the Premier League at the first attempt, finishing second behind Portsmouth.

    He signed a new three-year deal with the club at the end of that season, and went on to manage the club in the Premier League for the 2003-04 campaign. But from then on things proved problematic, with City suffering relegation and becoming known somewhat as a 'yo-yo' club. He was also in charge when trouble flared in La Manga, Spain, when three players were charged with sexual assault. The allegations proved false but they were testing times, with Adams offering his resignation but the club rejecting it.

    But in October 2004, with the club suffering a poor start to their Championship campaign, and looking unlikely to bounce back to the top flight, Adams resigned as Foxes manager. He later went on to manager Coventry City, Port Vale and Sheffield United.

Competition Total Won Draw Lost F A Win %
League 100 37 36 27 140 122 37%
FA Cup 4 1 1 2 6 9 25%
League Cup 6 3 0 3 9 9 50%
Europe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
All matches 110 41 37 32 155 140 37.27%

All matches(110)

Date Competition Opposition Result Pos Stadium
113.04.2002Premier League Everton (A)2 - 220Goodison Park
220.04.2002Premier League Aston Villa (H)2 - 220Filbert Street
327.04.2002Premier League Fulham (A)0 - 020Craven Cottage
411.05.2002Premier League Tottenham Hotspur (H)2 - 120Filbert Street
510.08.2002Division One Watford (H)2 - 06Walkers Stadium
614.08.2002Division One Stoke City (A)1 - 01Britannia Stadium
718.08.2002Division One Ipswich Town (A)1 - 68Portman Road
824.08.2002Division One Reading (H)2 - 16Walkers Stadium
927.08.2002Division One Crystal Palace (A)0 - 07Selhurst Park
1031.08.2002Division One Gillingham (H)2 - 03Walkers Stadium
1107.09.2002Division One Wimbledon (A)3 - 22Selhurst Park
1210.09.2002League Cup 1Hull City (A)4 - 2-KC Stadium
1314.09.2002Division One Derby County (H)3 - 12Walkers Stadium
1417.09.2002Division One Bradford City (H)4 - 02Walkers Stadium
1521.09.2002Division One Sheffield Wednesday (A)0 - 02Hillsborough
1628.09.2002Division One Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)1 - 02Walkers Stadium
1702.10.2002League Cup 2Sheffield Wednesday (A)2 - 1-Hillsborough
1805.10.2002Division One Norwich City (A)0 - 02Carrow Road
1919.10.2002Division One Burnley (H)0 - 13Walkers Stadium
2026.10.2002Division One Nottingham Forest (A)2 - 23City Ground
2129.10.2002Division One Coventry City (H)2 - 12Walkers Stadium
2202.11.2002Division One Portsmouth (A)2 - 02Fratton Park
2305.11.2002League Cup 3Manchester United (A)0 - 2-Old Trafford
2409.11.2002Division One Walsall (H)2 - 02Walkers Stadium
2516.11.2002Division One Millwall (A)2 - 22The Den
2623.11.2002Division One Rotherham United (H)2 - 12Walkers Stadium
2726.11.2002Division One Preston North End (A)0 - 22Deepdale
2830.11.2002Division One Grimsby Town (A)2 - 12Blundell Park
2907.12.2002Division One Sheffield United (H)0 - 02Walkers Stadium
3014.12.2002Division One Millwall (H)4 - 12Walkers Stadium
3120.12.2002Division One Brighton & Hove Albion (A)1 - 02Withdean Stadium
3226.12.2002Division One Ipswich Town (H)1 - 22Walkers Stadium
3328.12.2002Division One Watford (A)2 - 12Vicarage Road
3404.01.2003FA Cup 3Bristol City (H)2 - 0-Walkers Stadium
3511.01.2003Division One Stoke City (H)0 - 02Walkers Stadium
3618.01.2003Division One Gillingham (A)2 - 32Priestfield Stadium
3725.01.2003FA Cup 4Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)1 - 4-Molineux
3828.01.2003Division One Reading (A)3 - 12Madejski Stadium
3901.02.2003Division One Crystal Palace (H)1 - 02Walkers Stadium
4008.02.2003Division One Walsall (A)4 - 12Bescot Stadium
4117.02.2003Division One Portsmouth (H)1 - 12Walkers Stadium
4222.02.2003Division One Wimbledon (H)4 - 02Walkers Stadium
4301.03.2003Division One Derby County (A)1 - 12Pride Park
4404.03.2003Division One Bradford City (A)0 - 02Valley Parade
4508.03.2003Division One Sheffield Wednesday (H)1 - 12Walkers Stadium
4615.03.2003Division One Preston North End (H)2 - 12Walkers Stadium
4718.03.2003Division One Burnley (A)2 - 12Turf Moor
4822.03.2003Division One Coventry City (A)2 - 12Highfield Road
4905.04.2003Division One Grimsby Town (H)2 - 02Walkers Stadium
5008.04.2003Division One Nottingham Forest (H)1 - 02Walkers Stadium
5112.04.2003Division One Rotherham United (A)1 - 11Millmoor
5219.04.2003Division One Brighton & Hove Albion (H)2 - 01Walkers Stadium
5321.04.2003Division One Sheffield United (A)1 - 22Bramall Lane
5427.04.2003Division One Norwich City (H)1 - 12Walkers Stadium
5504.05.2003Division One Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)1 - 12Molineux
5616.08.2003Premier League Southampton (H)2 - 210Walkers Stadium
5723.08.2003Premier League Chelsea (A)1 - 214Stamford Bridge
5826.08.2003Premier League Middlesbrough (H)0 - 014Walkers Stadium
5930.08.2003Premier League Aston Villa (A)1 - 316Villa Park
6015.09.2003Premier League Leeds United (H)4 - 011Walkers Stadium
6120.09.2003Premier League Liverpool (A)1 - 213Anfield
6223.09.2003League Cup 2Crewe Alexandra (H)1 - 0-Walkers Stadium
6327.09.2003Premier League Manchester United (H)1 - 415Walkers Stadium
6404.10.2003Premier League Fulham (A)0 - 219Craven Cottage
6519.10.2003Premier League Tottenham Hotspur (H)1 - 220Walkers Stadium
6625.10.2003Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)3 - 420Molineux
6729.10.2003League Cup 3Aston Villa (A)0 - 1-Villa Park
6802.11.2003Premier League Blackburn Rovers (H)2 - 018Walkers Stadium
6909.11.2003Premier League Manchester City (A)3 - 015City of Manchester Stadium
7022.11.2003Premier League Charlton Athletic (H)1 - 115Walkers Stadium
7129.11.2003Premier League Portsmouth (A)2 - 012Fratton Park
7206.12.2003Premier League Arsenal (H)1 - 115Walkers Stadium
7313.12.2003Premier League Birmingham City (H)0 - 216Walkers Stadium
7420.12.2003Premier League Everton (A)2 - 317Goodison Park
7526.12.2003Premier League Newcastle United (H)1 - 118Walkers Stadium
7628.12.2003Premier League Bolton Wanderers (A)2 - 217Reebok Stadium
7703.01.2004FA Cup 3Manchester City (A)2 - 2-City of Manchester Stadium
7807.01.2004Premier League Southampton (A)0 - 017St Mary's Stadium
7911.01.2004Premier League Chelsea (H)0 - 418Walkers Stadium
8014.01.2004FA Cup 3 repManchester City (H)1 - 3-Walkers Stadium
8117.01.2004Premier League Middlesbrough (A)3 - 318Riverside Stadium
8231.01.2004Premier League Aston Villa (H)0 - 518Walkers Stadium
8307.02.2004Premier League Newcastle United (A)1 - 318St James' Park
8410.02.2004Premier League Bolton Wanderers (H)1 - 118Walkers Stadium
8522.02.2004Premier League Tottenham Hotspur (A)4 - 419White Hart Lane
8628.02.2004Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)0 - 019Walkers Stadium
8713.03.2004Premier League Birmingham City (A)1 - 017St Andrew's
8820.03.2004Premier League Everton (H)1 - 117Walkers Stadium
8928.03.2004Premier League Liverpool (H)0 - 018Walkers Stadium
9005.04.2004Premier League Leeds United (A)2 - 318Elland Road
9110.04.2004Premier League Fulham (H)0 - 219Walkers Stadium
9213.04.2004Premier League Manchester United (A)0 - 119Old Trafford
9317.04.2004Premier League Blackburn Rovers (A)0 - 119Ewood Park
9424.04.2004Premier League Manchester City (H)1 - 119Walkers Stadium
9501.05.2004Premier League Charlton Athletic (A)2 - 220The Valley
9608.05.2004Premier League Portsmouth (H)3 - 118Walkers Stadium
9715.05.2004Premier League Arsenal (A)1 - 218Highbury
9807.08.2004Championship West Ham United (H)0 - 015Walkers Stadium
9911.08.2004Championship Derby County (A)2 - 16Pride Park
10014.08.2004Championship Millwall (A)0 - 215The Den
10121.08.2004Championship Watford (H)0 - 119Walkers Stadium
10228.08.2004Championship Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)1 - 117Molineux
10330.08.2004Championship Brighton & Hove Albion (H)0 - 119Walkers Stadium
10411.09.2004Championship Rotherham United (A)2 - 017Millmoor
10514.09.2004Championship Sheffield United (H)3 - 211Walkers Stadium
10618.09.2004Championship Burnley (H)0 - 013Walkers Stadium
10725.09.2004Championship Queens Park Rangers (A)2 - 316Loftus Road
10828.09.2004Championship Gillingham (A)2 - 010Priestfield Stadium
10902.10.2004Championship Preston North End (H)1 - 111Walkers Stadium
11004.10.2004League Cup 2Preston North End (H)2 - 3-Walkers Stadium

Micky Adams transfers in

Player Club Fee Date
Nicky Summerbee Nottingham Forest Free 08.08.2002
Billy McKinlay Clydebank Free 08.08.2002
Steve Howey Manchester City Unknown 06.06.2003
Riccardo Scimeca Nottingham Forest Free 24.06.2003
Paul Brooker Brighton & Hove Albion Free 26.06.2003
Danny Coyne Grimsby Town Free 03.07.2003
Keith Gillespie Blackburn Rovers Free 08.07.2003
Les Ferdinand West Ham United Free 11.07.2003
Lilian Nalis Chievo Free 11.07.2003
Ben Thatcher Tottenham Hotspur £300,000 18.07.2003
Nicolas Priet Olympique Lyonnais Unknown 22.07.2003
Craig Hignett Blackburn Rovers Free 25.07.2003
John Curtis Blackburn Rovers Free 06.08.2003
Marcus Bent Ipswich Town On loan 01.09.2003
Nikos Dabizas Newcastle United Free 02.01.2004
Steve Guppy Celtic Free 15.01.2004
Peter Canero Kilmarnock £250,000 20.01.2004
Steffen Freund 1. FC Kaiserslautern On loan 01.02.2004
Lee Morris Derby County £120,000 02.02.2004
Dion Dublin Aston Villa Free 01.07.2004
Jason Wilcox Leeds United Free 01.07.2004
Danny Tiatto Manchester City Free 01.07.2004
Gareth Williams Nottingham Forest £500,000 01.07.2004
Kevin Pressman Sheffield Wednesday Free 14.07.2004
Martin Keown Arsenal Free 20.07.2004
David Connolly West Ham United £500,000 20.07.2004
Nathan Blake Wolverhampton Wanderers Free 30.07.2004
Joey Gudjonsson Real Betis Free 01.08.2004
Chris Makin Ipswich Town Free 02.08.2004
Scott Gemmill Everton Free 05.08.2004
Kevin Harper Portsmouth On loan 08.09.2004

Micky Adams bought 31 players for £1,670,000

Micky Adams transfers out

Player Club Fee Date
Jacob Laursen AGF Aarhus On loan 25.04.2002
Arnar Gunnlaugsson Released Free May 2002
Gary Rowett Charlton Athletic £2,500,000 12.05.2002
Robbie Savage Birmingham City £1,250,000 30.05.2002
Dennis Wise Sacked Unknown 02.08.2002
Lee Marshall West Bromwich Albion £700,000 14.08.2002
Tim Flowers Manchester City On loan 16.08.2002
Matthew Piper Sunderland £3,500,000 21.08.2002
Simon Royce Queens Park Rangers On loan 23.08.2002
Damien Delaney Mansfield Town On loan 06.09.2002
Simon Royce Queens Park Rangers On loan 14.10.2002
Damien Delaney Hull City £50,000 17.10.2002
Jacob Laursen Released Free November 2002
Michael Price Boston United On loan 20.02.2003
Stefan Oakes Crewe Alexandra On loan 04.03.2003
Martin Reeves Hull City On loan 07.03.2003
Nicky Summerbee Released Free May 2003
Tim Flowers Retired Unknown May 2003
Darren Eadie Released Free 02.06.2003
Martin Reeves Northampton Town Free 07.06.2003
Jonathan Stevenson Swindon Town Free 19.06.2003
Simon Royce Charlton Athletic Free 27.06.2003
Michael Price Darlington Free July 2003
Stefan Oakes Walsall Free 03.07.2003
Jon Ashton Oxford United Free 08.09.2003
Tommy Wright Brentford On loan 12.09.2003
Trevor Benjamin Gillingham On loan 19.09.2003
Matt Heath Stockport County On loan 23.10.2003
Brian Deane West Ham United Free 31.10.2003
Trevor Benjamin Rushden & Diamonds On loan 15.11.2003
Alan Rogers Wigan Athletic On loan 01.12.2003
Gerry Taggart Stoke City On loan 07.12.2003
Tommy Wright Brentford On loan 11.12.2003
Trevor Benjamin Brighton & Hove Albion On loan 15.01.2004
Steve Howey Bolton Wanderers Free 31.01.2004
John Curtis Portsmouth Free 02.02.2004
Andy Impey Nottingham Forest On loan 13.02.2004
Craig Hignett Crewe Alexandra On loan 19.02.2004
Gerry Taggart Stoke City Free 26.02.2004
Paul Brooker Reading On loan 26.02.2004
Matt Elliott Ipswich Town On loan 15.03.2004
Steve Guppy Released Free May 2004
Craig Hignett Released Free 17.05.2004
Alan Rogers Nottingham Forest Free 17.05.2004
Andy Impey Nottingham Forest Free 19.05.2004
Riccardo Scimeca West Bromwich Albion £100,000 20.05.2004
Paul Murphy Dundalk Free June 2004
Muzzy Izzet Birmingham City Free 03.06.2004
Matthew Jones Retired Unknown 04.06.2004
Paul Dickov Blackburn Rovers £150,000 07.06.2004
Ben Thatcher Manchester City £100,000 21.06.2004
Billy McKinlay Fulham Free July 2004
Paul Brooker Reading Unknown 02.07.2004
Junior Lewis Hull City Free 05.07.2004
Les Ferdinand Bolton Wanderers Free 05.07.2004
Callum Davidson Preston North End Free 10.07.2004
Danny Coyne Burnley £25,000 16.07.2004
Nicolas Priet Doncaster Rovers Free 23.07.2004
Frank Sinclair Burnley Free 23.07.2004
Chris O'Grady Notts County On loan 24.09.2004

Micky Adams sold 60 players for £8,375,000
Manager 1 of 37 ordered a-z