The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

MICKY ADAMS be­lieves he has left Port Vale in a stronger po­si­tion than where he found them after step­ping down as man­ager fol­low­ing six straight de­feats.

A 3-0 de­feat to Bris­tol City on Tues­day proved to be the fi­nal straw that drew an end to his sec­ond spell at the club, after he left briefly in 2010 to be­come Sh­effield United boss.

Adams said:“It is with great sad­ness that I have de­cided to leave Port Vale but I be­lieve I am leav­ing the club in a stronger po­si­tion than when I joined.”

Adams, who re­turned to Vale Park in 2011, led the side to pro­mo­tion from League Two last sea­son.

The 52-year-old ad­mit­ted one of the rea­sons he has de­cided to leave the club was be­cause he did not want to tar­nish his re­la­tion­ship with Vale fans.

He added: “This has not been an easy decision to make, which has been made even more dif­fi­cult by the strong re­la­tion­ships I have forged dur­ing my time at the club.

“I didn’t want to sour the re­la­tion­ship I had with the majority of sup­port­ers.

“From a self­ish and fi­nan­cial point of view I could have stayed on, but I didn’t want to do that when I be­lieved my time was up.”

Adams de­cided to re­sign after ex­ten­sive talks with chair­man Nor­man Smurth­waite. He parted company with the club on good terms and praised Smurth­waite for his support, while rec­om­mend­ing he ap­points his as­sis­tant Rob Page as his re­place­ment.

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