Port Vale: Stop the trash talk and let me manage, says Micky Adams
MICKY Adams has a message for his armchair critics: "Leave me alone and let me get on with the job."
The Port Vale manager has been left fuming by rumour-mongers on internet forums.
And he insists he'll never bow to pressure from the cyberspace moaners.
"These people who sit in front of their computers and start rumours about me and the club are just talking nonsense, and I want them to stop," he declared last night.
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"They try to tell me what I should be doing, criticise this and that, and there are now more messages about me wanting to join Gillingham apparently.
"I'll tell them now that I totally refute the idea I am interested in the Gillingham job.
"I was linked because I was a former player at the club, but I was never interested in managing them and I am fully committed to Port Vale.
"I don't read these message boards, or whatever they are called, but I have been told all about them.
"It's very easy to manage a club from an armchair in front of your computer, but I have been in the game a long time.
"I have to work with constraints and budgets and the real world.
"When I came back from Sheffield United, I said I would be totally committed to this club and that remains the case.
"I'm certainly not an inexperienced manager, so I just want these supporters to leave me alone and let me get on with it."
Adams's comment came in the wake of skipper Marc Richards's decision to quit the Valiants after five years to join their League Two rivals Chesterfield.
It meant the Vale boss has lost three key players in a week following the departure of both Anthony Griffith to Leyton Orient and striker Sean Rigg to Oxford.
Adams now faces a rebuilding operation, but he is keen to look on the bright side.
"Losing Marc was a massive blow, of course it was, and I'm not going to pretend any different," he said.
"It was always going to be difficult to keep him, but (prospective Vale owner) Keith (Ryder) made him a fantastic offer and we did everything we could.
"Marc was a great servant to this club and we will miss him. In fact we will miss all of the lads who have left, but it's certainly not the end of the world and we will look for the positives.
"We will do our best to replace all three of them and fans will then have a new squad and new players to appreciate."
Adams said earlier this week that his hands would effectively remain tied in the transfer market until Ryder's planned takeover is complete, hopefully early next month.
But he is keen to move quickly once the club comes out of administration.
"While I can't sign players from outside the club until Keith comes in, I can talk to them and I do that all the time," he explained.
"But talking to them is one thing. Getting them to sign on the dotted line will be another."
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