Five memorable quotes by former Port Vale manager Micky Adams

He had two spells and five years as manager and during that time there were several memorable quotes – here are five we picked out…

On the future of the club in 2018…

“I’m sad to see the Vale where they are. A couple of things about the Vale: To the players… liven yourselves up, and secondly to Norman Smurthwaite, sell the club for God’s sake.…”


On a poor defeat to Notts County 2014…

“I think we flattered to deceive. We looked like a woman who had a big fur coat on but underneath she’s got no knickers on…”


Micky Adams on the phone


His explanation of the “Ryan Burge” Twitter controversy…

“Ryan didn’t turn up for the pre-match meal. He should have been at the hotel at 4.30pm and he still wasn’t there at 5.15, so what am I supposed to do? Then he puts a load of rubbish on his Twitter feed…”


On the club’s ownership crisis in 2012

“The players have been absolutely amazing. I’ve told them that I can’t thank them enough for their loyalty, character and commitment. They have thrown away a lot of money in signing these contracts… I’m embarrassed because I believed in Keith Ryder and believed in what he was doing. To find out that the players could have walked away for nothing after all the work we had done in pre-season was unbelievable. I hope the football club has hit rock-bottom and we can start to climb again, but I can’t guarantee that…”


Micky Adams


On deciding to leave the club in 2014…

“I didn’t want to sit there for the rest of the season and stew. Probably the time was right at the end of last season to walk away. I didn’t want to take it home with me. I’ve still got two young children. I want them to enjoy their dad, not to see him as strung out as he has been recently. You don’t work at a place for five years without caring about a lot of the people involved. And I believe I am leaving the club in a stronger position than when I joined…”

 

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