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Wednesday 7 December 2016

New Sligo boss Mickey Adams: 'I'll put the pressure on my shoulders rather than players'

New Sligo Rovers manager Micky Adams will be hoping to hit the ground running when Cork City visit the Showgrounds tomorrow
New Sligo Rovers manager Micky Adams will be hoping to hit the ground running when Cork City visit the Showgrounds tomorrow

FORMER Leicester City boss Micky Adams faced up to some pretty big challenges in his time with the Foxes in their season together in the Premier League.

Like those tests against Chelsea, Liverpool and then-champions Manchester United in the first five weeks of that season in 2003/04 (all defeats for Leicester, as it happens), that season ending in relegation.

Adams, appointed as new Sligo Rovers boss last week, has already learned about how hard life can be in Ireland as his first game in charge of the Rovers side ended in 2-0 loss, at home to Cork City. With bottom side Limerick experiencing a revival (two straight wins), they are closing in on second-bottom Sligo in the league table so the pressure’s on. But Adams says he knows how to deal with it.

“I had teams who were struggling and went down, the pressure is all on the players, it’s my task to lift that pressure and put it on myself,” said Adams, who faces a double-header in the coming week (against Drogheda United and Derry City) when speaking to Ocean FM.

“I say to the players: whatever is worrying them to give me their problems for 90 minutes and go out and play as there’s no better feeling that winning a game of football.

“Every day is a challenge, we are challenging ourselves to get the best out of these players, improve them and make them better. We want to get out on the training ground, that’s where we are best suited, the challenge is to improve the group we have and hopefully add some more players,” added the 53-year-old.

Adams has already discovered how tough it will be to bring players to the Showgrounds: with the window for domestic signings closed he can only import from abroad, but even that’s not easy.

“We have to try and attract players over here when there’s a crazy scenario that, if they do come over, our season ends in October and then they’re not able to sign for anyone after that until January so they run the risk of being unemployed for six weeks, which is not ideal, it does stifle that,” he rued.

His contract is until the end of the season and while an FAI Cup run (Sligo are away to non-league side Cobh Wanderers in the next round) is an attraction, keeping the club in the Premier Division is the main aim - a task beyond Adams at Leicester as they were relegated after one season, in 2004.

“There is work we need to do on the training ground, we can improve the players and there are certain things we want to implement, some of them off the pitch,” says Adams, assisted by coach Alan Rogers.

“We have come from professional clubs and we want things done professionally, there are areas in terms where we need to improve. We have a short period to do that but hopefully we can make it more professional.”

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