Sheffield United have appointed Micky Adams as their new Manager. The 49-year-old has left his role at Port Vale to replace Gary Speed in the Bramall Lane hot seat.

The former Blades trainee leaves the Valiants with the club second in League 2, just two points behind leaders Chesterfield and has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Sheffield United Chief Executive Trevor Birch told www.sufc.co.uk: "I am delighted to announce we have filled the managerial vacancy. Micky is a top class appointment and the board were unanimous in the decision to endorse Micky in the post at the club."

Adams will be assisted by Alan Cork, a popular figure from his spell at the club as a player, and the Blades have also confirmed Caretaker Manager John Carver and Assistant Manager Sam Ellis will be leaving the club.

Birch added: "It is an exciting opportunity for Micky himself and equally an exciting new era for Sheffield United Football Club. Having said that, it is entirely appropriate I place on record our thanks to John Carver and Sam Ellis for the dedication and hard work they have demonstrated in their time with us."

On his appointment Adams commented: "There is no doubt that my task is threefold. Firstly, to ensure that we avoid relegation and there is clearly enough time left in the season to do that. Secondly, to help us become a team that can challenge for promotion. Lastly, to develop a structure that will see us build a reputation for home grown talent that fans can be proud of in their team. With the support of the Board and the football staff, I intend to do everything I can to bring all that about.

"I've always supported the Blades and my favourite player growing up was Tony Currie. He was and still is my biggest idol. When you're a kid you follow your team and I followed Sheffield United, along with my dad and brother - we were all season-ticket holders."

Port Vale have announced that Geoff Horsfield and Mark Grew have been appointed as joint Caretaker Managers.

Announcing his departure Valiants Chairman Bill Bratt told www.port-vale.co.uk: "We thank Micky for everything he has done at Port Vale and we wish him well.

"I've made no secret of the fact that we did not want Micky to leave us. That has never changed and we have done everything we can to keep him. He has been a huge asset to the club and we have certainly been victims of the success he has had to date at Vale Park.

"When Micky joined us, we were struggling in League 2 and he has turned us around to be real contenders. He has been a pleasure to work with. I know that everyone connected with Vale Park will be bitterly disappointed to see him leave and I am no different. We have to ensure that our next appointment is the right appointment and everyone is working hard behind the scenes to get it right."

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