posted on Jun, 15 2003 @ 08:32 AM
Manager Micky Adams, poised for a triumphant return to the Premiership, is playing down his reputation as a worker of football miracles.
Adams enjoys hero status at the Walkers Stadium where, less than a month after securing the Foxes' return to the Barclaycard Premiership, he has put
pen to paper on a new three-year deal.
He had succeeded Dave Bassett, the Foxes' current director of football, in April 2002 but Leicester's fate had been sealed long before, with the three
draws and a win recorded during Adams' four-game top-flight tenure too little and too late to prevent relegation into the Nationwide First
The Yorkshireman bounced back with the Foxes at the first time of asking though as Leicester finished in the second automatic promotion spot, runners
up to champions Portsmouth.
But Adams is guarding against runaway success this time around and warned: "People say I've never lost a Premiership football match as manager but
let's see the fixture list before we predict how long that'll last.
"But I've accepted the challenge of being a manager in the Premier League next season and if I hadn't accepted it, you can bet there'd have been 60
others who would have.
"What we've got to do now is manage the fans' expectations and that's important because it's not going to be easy next season.
"Hopefully we'll survive, but I'm not going to say we definitely will because the Press will throw that back in my face if we don't.
I think Leicester will really struggle this season and are a near certainty for the drop...