Sheffield United: Boyhood fan Adams gets Blades job

Sheffield United have unveiled former Leeds United defender Micky Adams as their new manager with Alan Cork appointed as his assistant.

Adams, 49, handed a two-and-a-half year deal, declared his first job at Bramall Lane was to steer his hometown club away from a relegation battle.

The lifelong Blades fan, released from the club as a schoolboy, departs Port Vale after 19 months in charge having steered them to second place in League Two.

Blades chief executive Trevor Birch confirmed the appointment of Adams was a unanimous decision by the board and also revealed money would be made available to the Yorkshireman for team strengthening.

Caretaker manager John Carver, a former Leeds United coach, placed in charge following Gary Speed's decision to become Wales coach earlier this month, and assistant Sam Ellis, another ex-Leeds man have left the club.

Birch said: "I'd like to place on record our thanks for the professionalism, commitment and hard work during their time at the club and in particular their sterling work over the last few weeks with the team."

Adams said: "It's been well documented that I am a Blade. Touch wood, everything goes well. If it doesn't go well I'll still be a Blade.

"I'm delighted to be here and obviously disappointed to be leaving Port Vale, but I think I've left them in a healthy position and I can't wait to get started.

"Looking at the league position it looks a difficult job. Let's not kid ourselves, but looking at the squad there's enough quality there.

"They're certainly a group of players who should be doing better and hopefully I'll be the man to steer them in the right direction and get us away from the lower echelons of the league."

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