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Micky Adams
Micky Adams

Adams sacked by City

The Sky Blues manager Micky Adams has been sacked following a poor run of results. Listen to all the reaction and have your say on who should now take over at the Ricoh Arena.

The Sky Blues and manager Micky Adams have parted company after a run of eight matches without a win. The news broke after Adams met with the club’s directors on Wednesday, 17 January.

audio Micky Adams speaks after being sacked >
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Coventry’s latest defeat came on Tuesday, 16 January, when they crashed out of the FA Cup, losing 2-0 in their third round replay with Bristol City at the Ricoh Arena. The Sky Blues haven’t won a match since Saturday, 9 December when they beat Burnley 1-0 – that’s now a run of eight successive games.

Enoch Showumni scores Bristol City's second goal
Enoch Showumni scores for Bristol City

The departure of Adams means City are now looking for their seventh manager in just six seasons, since being relegated to the second tier of English football.

Adrian Heath has taken temporary charge as caretaker manager and he'll pick the side against Plymouth on Monday if a new boss isn't appointed by then.

audio Adrian Heath on becoming caretaker manager >
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Is it a good decision to let Adams go? Who would you like to see in charge of the club? You can have your say by using the form below. You can also vote in our online poll on the right-hand side of this page.

Listen to our Sportstalk special, broadcast in the wake of the events at the Ricoh Arena. Click on the Listen Again button on the right-hand side of this page.

Sky Blues Managing Director Paul Fletcher spoke to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Geoff Foster after the departure of Adams was announced. He said:

"It's not Managing Directors or Boards of Directors who get rid of managers - It's league tables."

audio Paul Fletcher on the sacking of Adams >
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City legend Jimmy Hill gave his opinions on the current situation to Jane Vickers. He even made a tongue in cheek offer to come back and manage the team for six months!

audio Sky Blues legend Jimmy Hill gives his views >
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A former player, Adams joined the club as boss two years ago, replacing Peter Reid. During his 99 matches in charge of City the club lost 40 times and won 33 of the other matches. His first job was to keep City in the Championship which he successfully managed and last season guided Coventry to eighth – their highest finish since being relegated from the Premiership   

Adams looks on after defeat
Adams looks on after defeat

Whatever your thoughts, we want to hear them.

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last updated: 18/01/07
 
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CCFC 4EVER
ERIC,EARSLDON WHAT R U ON ABOUT R,MONEY . DOWIE IS THE BEST MANAGER SO FAR!

Fan
I think everyone was too quick to blame micky adams, he is a great manager and should have been supported. As fans we should also have supported him and the team. Think its pathetic how peoples opinions change so quickly. We want Micky back!!!

City til i die
how many managers do we have 2 go through before we realise we have spent silly money on bad players. we need a director of football to overlook transfers. mckenzie, a million for a good striker, deployed at left wing?? birchall marked lamps out of the game in the world cup. We need a footballing manager now, someone with sense. Eric Black or Gary Mac will get them playin football. Out with the colin comerons of our squad, how many old guys are we gonna give there final pay day before we go down again??

sky blue army 4 lyf
paul ince shudnt be manager as he aint gt ani experience

ccfc numba 1 4 lyf
cum on cov u cn gt up to da prem dis season wif or wif out mickey adams

Top ccfc fan
MICKY ADAMS CAN GO BACK TO LECIESTER AS THEY R RUBBISH HE CAN ALSO TAKE LUKE STEELE BAK 2 MANU

jamie the bigest ccfc for in the south(sussex)
i dont think Eric Black should get the job. me and my dad say gary mac he is the best.

jamie cave
hi i think coventry should have a good manager like Jimmy Hill, Adrian Heath and any on who the bord likes. but we need 1 now hurry up and chose now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ccfc fan
i agree with the comment that sky blues numba 1 fan made as he/she is ryt paul flecher needs to go he sed that if were not in the prem in 3 years then he'll quit which if you ask me he is just in it for the money.

Martin Brownsword
HI CLIVE. LIKE INCHY AND MICKY ADAMS BEFORE, I'M STRUGGLING TO FIND ANSWERS TO OUR SEVERE LACK OF RESULTS. FROM THE MEANEST DEFENCE IN THE LEAGUE TO A SHAMBLES AT THE BACK. AS IT IS ALWAYS SAID, THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENCE IS ATTACK AND MICKY ADAMS FORMED A TEAM TO STIFLE THE OPPOSITION INSTEAD OF ATTACK IT AND OUR DEFENCE WAS UNDER CONSTANT PRESSURE FROM MATCH TO MATCH AND WERE ALWAYS GOING TO BUCKLE. THAT COMBINED WITH NO ADEQUATE COVER IN THE SQUAD, IT IS A TEAM MANAGEMENT SHAMBLES!PLAYERS PLAYING OUT OF POSITION IS A DEFINATE WEAKNESS WHICH SHOWED AGAINST PLYMOUTH. PLAYERS RUNNING INTO EACH OTHER,MOVING OUT OF POSITION. CAMERON IS NOT A WIDE PLAYER,WHING CANNOT PLAY ON THE LEFT,ETC ETC. OUR NEW MANAGER NEEDS TO HAVE AN EXCELLENT COACHING PEDIGREE OR AT LEAST HAVE THE SUPPORT OF AN EXCELLENT COACH! ERIC BLACK AND RICHARD MONEY HAVE SHOWN VERY GOOD CREDENTIALS IN THIS FIELD BUT I FEEL THE EX COVENTRY CITY LINK WILL PROVE TOO MUCH OF STEP BACKWARD FOR THE BOARD TO AGREE ON EITHER APPOINTMENT. THE FRUSTRATION OF SEEING MY BELOVED TEAM BECOMING THE MOST INCOMPETENT CHAMPIONSHIP SIDE LEAVES ME IN NO DOUBT THAT WE HAVE TO CLEAR OUT MANY UNDER PERFORMERS BEFORE WE FINALLY MAKE THAT CORNER WHERE WE TURN IT AROUND.STERN JOHN (WHY CAN'T HE MAKE THE EFFORT HE DID AGAINST PLYMOUTH EVERY MATCH? BECAUSE HE DOES'NT HAVE TO AS HE STILL GETS PAID!) STEPHEN HUGHES(FROM HERO TO ZERO)LEON MACKENZIE(BLIND ALLEY RUNNER)LUKE STEEL(UNPREDICTABLE)KEVIN KYLE(BIG MAN, LITTLE IDEA)KEVIN THORNTON(NOT THE SAVIOUR AS BELIEVED. TOO ERRATIC) DELE (TRIES HARD BUT NO PACE) ALTHOUGH NOT THE MOST GIFTED PLAYERS AT LEAST YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO GET WITH SOME OF OUR REGULARS. PAGEY IS A FIGHTER, AS IS ANDY WHING. DOYLE RUNS HIS HEART OUT AND MARCUS HALL HAS BEEN OUR MOST CONSISTENT PERFORMER! PRAISE THE LORD FOR MIFSUD, EXCITING,TRICKY,PACY AND HITS THE TARGET!!! MESSAGE TO THE NEW MANAGER - GET SOME MORE MIFSUDS IN QUICK. WE DON'T EXPECT TO WIN EVERY GAME BUT WE, AS FANS, WOULD LIKE SOME EXCITEMENT TRYING TO !!!!!

Gibbo - Earlsdon
Eric Black OR Gary Mc..

sky blues numba 1 fan
i fink dat it waz a good idea 2 get rid of adams as he started 2 getannoyed with performence n evrifink but maybe at the end of the season we can get rid of paul fletcher oh sorry i forgot mbe paul fletcher

Nigel
Perhaps a good indication of how the club is being run is that today, Friday 19th, I have been e-mailed with details of the guest speaker for the Bristol City Game! It beggars belief!!

jade
i think letting adams go was the right thing to do he had some good times and some bad times at cov but i think his time was up i think we should get in Eric black or gary mac because then i think operation premiership will be up and running fully next season with determination from all the players and especially the fans. I used to go nearly every home game with my dad but after the fa cup replay i'd had enough of losing!

Shipston Rob
Adams had to go. There is still plenty of potential at Cov. We've all seen the likes of Page, Hughes, Doyle, McKenzie, Adebola and John turn it on when they want to and they know what the system is supposed to be. Adams was a moody manager who couldn't inspire anyone and seemed to lack and technical know-how. And at set-pieces, we are a joke and that has to come down to Adams. Let's get in a a manager that gets the team organised and motivated....that's all we need. If I were Eric Black, there is no way I would come back after the way he was treated. Martin Allen seems a good prospect and I personally would love to see Gary MacAllister given a proper chance at City. He always has been a leader and maybe he'll be able to show us how to organise and take a proper free kick.

Nialls Notes
Eric Black!

Martin Lax
Lets hope the baord read this message board its the only place that we can air our views ! ! Its a disgrace that they have sacked Micky adams . Lets hope they read this board and beg for Eric Black to come back. the club is in a mess and the board must take the blame along with the players NOT MICKY ADAMS.

sky blue kid
adams was the only manager that cov could have. Dowie al go 2 leicster cuz dey got mor money den us. bring in eric black!

James Samson
Is this the right decision? Only time will tell, it is worth remembering that the fans such as ourselves were clamouring for Micky to be appointed, the board asked for the fans views! I think the run of results was dreadfull and there were many fans on CWR after the cup defeat said he should go. Personally we need someone who can work with no resources and get results this is possible just very difficult to achieve. In any business if you had a manager who was unable to motivate their employees and repeatedly failled to produce good results, then you'd have to sack them - why is football any different?

David, Cheylesmore
Heard Jimmy Hill on the radio, Paul Fletcher would be mad not to take his offer seriously and get him on board. Let him oversee a young manager. Mr Fletcher said the Sky Blue fans were very knowledgable, well please don't give Heath the job, he was here when Reid and Adams were and he is as much to blame as they were. Alan Cork left his job today so only Heath and Dibble left. Clear the decks, start again and build the team up using the young players who actually care about the club. We need Cameron, Hutchison, Marshall and Ward back ASAP. Everyone talks about Dowie, Robson and Hoddle for the job, if you want experience look no further than Kevin Keegan or Graeme Souness but if the board want to go for young up for the challenge managers look at Steve Ogrizovic, Eric Black, Gary McAllister or Keith Alexander but either way Paul Fletcher needs to get Jimmy Hill on board and sort out what players actually want to be at the club and that they care about it and weed the ones that only want the pay cheque at the end of the week. I read once that a club let a couple of supporters meet the players and have a go at them, that worked and the club were promoted that year. Come on Paul Fletcher use the Sky Blue Army and Jimmy Hill to get this mess sorted!!!

Kev Smith
I don't blame Micky, the Board should never have sold McSheffrey, doesn't stack up with Operation Premiership!

shane mc farlane
coventry should of kept faith with adams because there is nobody else.look at steve bruce earlier on in the season.

Paul - Bulkington
Same old Coventry board making stupid decisions. This is the second major blooper so far just this season, the first obviously being the sale of Sheffers. Micky has been good for us and the past has shown that constant replacement of our managers has gotten us nowhere. We need stability and Micky deserved some more time!

rich from wolvey
richs top 4 shortlist nigel worthington eric black ian dowie gary macalistar

Mike Mc - Earlsdon
Well the sad old days are back again, no money, no crowd, no hope? Heard Jimmy Hill yesterday, offer to come back, for a few months, as a 'consultant'to try and find out the root cause of the problem at City.Because he is passionate and cares, he offered to look into all aspects of the club and report back his findings/solutions. Couldn't hurt could it? Something is not right within the club and I think it goes deeper than just sacking the Manager.Good luck to M A but i think he got it very wrong with his Xmas booze stunt, poor man management.

Harry
Whatever your views on the demise of Micky Adams some things are NOT going to change.The board will not resign si there's no point in asking for it.The manager we would like won't be released until the end of the season so we are left with no option but to appoint temporarily from within.I don't think either Heath or Cork are untainted from the past few months so I would let either Oggy and/or Bugsy watch over us until the seasons end.Our three year premiership plan now becomes a four year one but how many of us actually believed it could happen in three?In any event we have already proved that we can generate regular gates of 21000-22000 to watch a successful Championship team so it's hardly a sacrifice.Come next season we should look to Black and/or Money but don't be disappointed if they won't come - we are still an attractive proposition as we will see when the applications come in.Never forget there are always at least 20-30 applications for ANY manager vacancy the trick is to find the right one!The good thing is that Messrs Richardson & McGinnity are no longer involved to foul the choice.

Graham
Recent results meant that adams had to go (although the board sold Mcsheffrey from onder his feet), but the players are the ones who play every week & seem to lack incentive(Stern John has no world cup etc & you can't blame Mcnamee for getting a serious injury ref Mr Thompsons comments although the strength in depth should be there) . If they aren't interested in playing for CCFC then get shot of them all!! How about a Black / Money partnership? - they both know the club but it means the board doing a bit of grovelling which I doubt they'll do. Alternatively how about getting Mr Souness to invest his £20m here instead (maybe ousting a few board members along the way!) If the board don't get this choice right & give him time then CCFC supporters should vote with their wallets & not put their hands in their pockets each week!! I know how hard it sounds but it's the only way the board if? they have the best interests of CCFC at heart will get the message.

egghead
ian dowie gis a wave ian dowie gis a wave. lets all sing for martin allen or offer robbie keane player manager he might take it if we pay him 70 000 a week lol.

covman
its not just micky who was the problem, its the whole club, the ricoh has no atmosphere and i think they need to think about sacking everyone who works there! i'm a season ticket holder and i've stopped going to matches with my kids cos they get bored. the place has got some serious issues to sort out, its no use blaming them all on micky!

sonny
My opinion on operation premiership is a failure, no Mcsheffrey and no Micky Adams our key players have gone now whats to come for ccfc? Fletcher out!!!

Adam
i will always support any manager who is in charge of cov but in the end Adams had to go neva did anyfin 4 the club only 1 man 4 the job of city manager and that is MARTIN ALLEN ticks all the boxes for a mamager of Coventry loves football and is very passionate about football. Bring on Plymouth and the Premership

David Johnson
Micky had to go, he lost the dressing room and respect of the players months ago. His tactics and team selection, even allowing for suspensions and injuries was mystifying to say the least. But there are a few managers out there, but who would want to inherit; 1. A group of de-motivated players 2. No money to spend 3. Playing in front of an empty stadium Answer; Adrian Heath, this will be a total disaster, he and his fellow coaches are the common denominator with the Reid and Adams era. I have just listened to Paul Fletchers bewildering comments on TalkSport radio, he mentions that some things will change over the coming months. I await with baited breath. His comments re the sale of McSheffs was amazing, but let us face facts we are a selling club, Keane, Davenport and Macca to name but three and on each occasion we have struggled since. Yes the club are in the financial mire, but the directors are only protecting their directors loans when realising the main assets of the team. Also the timing was inappropriate, with clubs having already settled on their squads, MA had little choice in the market. Macca was under contract and everyone knows he went for an extra £10K, which we subsequently squandered on poor quality replacements.

richard lock
give nigel clough the job, hes young ambitious, and he will bring an attacking style of play, plus the knowlege he learned from clough senior, and his international playing experience.

jaxs
Bring back mickey! the board have been stupid yet again, adams in the best man for the job. sack the players not mickey!

Fortress Arena
Mike Newell (at Luton Town). With limited resources, has got his team playing good football, as recent appearances on Sky TV showed. Has experience of dealing with loss of good players. We could do far, far worse.

Keith Lenton
Sad to see Micky go, never really had a chance, no money, McSheffry sold, three year plan is a joke, city going nowhere but down

Richard Burnett
I liked Micky Adams. Unfortunately the sale of McSheffery and also the loss of Wise has effected us. Apart from the obvious who I do like e.g. Eric Black and Ian Dowie. What about a player manager? Dion Dublin is my possible suggestion who is a bit different. He is still an excellent player, knows the club, has great respect and knows a lot about the game. Take a risk and go for Dion!!!

Jennie
I'm really sorry to see Micky go. I don't think he should have been sacked and I am ashamed of the fans who have been clamouring for his dismissal. Where has getting rid of managers got us so far? Why not try to support the manager we have and give encouragement and proper training and support to the players we have? Nasty and pointless criticism never works.

Michael
Martin Allen for manager he shows passion and fire, a great record.

matthew
its a shame that he couldn't continue his record with promotions with his previous clubs but i think someone like psycho pearce 2 bring us back up and bring in some decent players that could help challenge for europe.

Simon
Wow, just heard on the radio, Jimmy Hill offering his short term services-and he meant it! Well i would snap his hand off as his unbridled passion for our club, and his obvious vast knowledge and experience of the game could be extremely valuable. I wish Micky all the best for his future ventures, and for long term i would love to see Gary Mac back, but for now Jimmy Hill HAS TO come in.

Shakeel Goulthorp
There's hardly any decent "vacant" managers around is there, ie Nigel Worthington and Iain Dowie just to name two. Anybody's guess as to who the new manager will be. Just appoint us someone who's gonna motivate these well-paid players.

peter shipton
sad to see micky go How about Martin Allen for manager,just look at his record over the last couple of years

katie
i thought micky adams was a gr8 manager but the last games havent seen the results we need 2 c.i think oggy would be a brilliant cov manager.

Ben (Nunny)
Micky was the right man for the Job and has done good things for the Club ! but since the start of this current season it seems he hasn't had any of the team behind him! Selling Mcsheffrey was the key to his demise and not having the funds and transfer Know how on bringin in a new heroe! I have as much respect for mickey adams as any one else ! But do feel the time is right 2 move on! As for the Next manager ! Some oen with a footbal brain some one who can get the team playing nice football ! and soem one to get the crowds bk ! I think there area few managers out there who can do it and a few have been mentioned ! Though going bk to either macca or Black mite be a step bk ? But then again it could be 2 steps forward! I personally would like 2 see Ian dowie The reason for this is I think he would raise the profile of the club again and the fans would come bk ! He also has somethign to show palace and Charlton and sure he would bring something to the team ! Thats just my idea hopefully it gets sorted soon and we can move on and look up ! No point being negative ina tiem liek this as theres no one 2 be negative 2 !!! The players are there they just need to be pushed in the right dirrection !

Aaron Bean
DOWIE. DOWIE. DOWIE... all together now...

Alan Thompson
Micky Adams took over from Peter Reid in Jan.2005 with the brief to keep the club in the championship.Mission accomplished, he then had freedom to bring in what players he wanted within a budget of wages but no transfer fees.This is no different to most managers in the league.At Xmas 2005 the club is languishing at the lower end of the league.In comes Dennis Wise and Don Hutchison and the team starts to play.The result is an 8th place finish.Although McSheffrey is sold Mickey Adams has £3.5m to spend. £1m on Ward.A centre back was not required.One of last seasons strong points was the defence.£1m on McKenzie.A Norwich cast off who can beat players but is incapable of quality distribution in the key areas.£600k on Kyle.Give him the right service and he will create for you,we havn't!£350k on Birchall.Sorry he's not up to it.£100k on McNamee.Been injured all season. Loads of loan players have come and gone.At the end of the day Mickey Adams is responsible for the players in the club.Almost every game this season he has changed the team.Most people have questioned if he really knows what his best team was.Quite clearly he didn't.Apart from the Dennis Wise era the team has not functioned under Mickey Adams.Statistics prove it.The current set of players were going nowhere with Mickey Adams in charge.A change was required.The question now is, can a new man turn this squad of players into a functioning unit? He needs to be a man with a proven track record.This narrows the field down somewhat to currently available people like Royle,Dowie and maybe MaGhee.The club should not go for anything other than experience !

Paul Wilkinson
This for me stems back to the sacking of a very promising manager,ie Eric Black.Mike McGinnity sacked him after Cov won 5-2 away from home (and even Richard Shaw scored!)for "Inconsistent results",he then signed Peter Reid as virtually a GUARANTEE to shoot back to the prem.This of course backfired.City should go back to Black cap in hand ,grovel and ask if he would come back!Forget Keegan (walks away when going gets tough) Robson (Boring football)and Megson-No way.

alan
as the board fired micky, who are they responsable to? i'm sure most of the fans would have liked to keep micky and fire the board, after all it is they who sold macca for peanuts

Iain
It's a shame Micky had to go like this because he has been one of the few managers to get some decent results since we went down. However he set his stall out as a manager that grinds out results and doesn't worry about pretty football, so when the results dry up there is nothing to bring the fans back on side. I really hope we look to someone who can get the best from what's there (and we do have a decent squad) and who gets us playing nice flowing attacking football to get the gates back up. As long as it's not Macca, Robson, Ince or Megson I'll be fairly happy, it's just a shame we couldn't get Gary Johnson before he went to Bristol. But let's look to someone in a similar mould, someone with something to prove and a track record in the lower leagues rather than an old-timer looking for one more payday (reid/big ron) or an inexperienced "name" (macca, nilson).

covkid 69
well the money we got for macca will pay for micky's pay off, but will he wait for years like the club have to to receive it NO

Pete Chambers
Micky Adams should not have been sacked.He has won promotion with 3 teams; Brighton, Leicester and Fulham. Although I thought it was time, when Strachan was sacked, he did well at Southampton and Celtic. Eric Black's team played some of the best football seen at Coventry for many a year. What happened? He was sacked and replaced by a big name manager, Peter Reid who was going guarantee us promotion! The common denominator here was of course the BOARD. The BOARD should look in the mirror and see who are the GUILTY MEN. They should get on their hands and knees and crawl all the way to Eric Black's house and beg him to come back. My second choice would be Richard Money, he would give the young players a chance and bring them on, saving the Club a lot of money. Gary McAllister would be a disaster he would have got us relegated if he had stayed in charge. He was such a good judge of a player, he had Gary McSheffrey training in the Memorial Park and tried to give him away to Luton. Gary was a great player,a tremendous captain, a lovely man who had to leave for very sad reasons, but he was a hopeless manager! I hope the bookmaker's are wrong but I fear people on the inside know. Micky has made some poor signings, but Ward and Marshall were good signings and significantly these two players have been injured or out of the team recently. Gary McSheffrey was not only our best player and top scorer for 3 seasons, mostly playing from the wing but he also was the top player for goal assists. No, Fletcher selling Gary was not good business, we lost over half the goals from the team! I am confident we would have at least been in the play offs this season with Gary, now we have lost a good manager and relegation is a distinct possibility. As I said on CWR at the time with Gary McSheffrey, the whole was greater than the sum of the parts, the sale was not good business but a short term decision that will come back to haunt the GUILTY MEN OF THE BOARD.

Adam
The problem is bigger than Micky Adams. What is going on at CCFC. The stadium is empty every week.we dont own the stadium, the players dont perform and we have no in squad depth. Mr Fletcher talks about the investment they have put in the team. Half a million on kyle (waste) and a million on ward. We haven't produced anything this season. The turning point was losing mcshefferey. We have no youth system with people coming through. The plan of going to the premiership should be scrapped we need to have players first. I would love the board first filling the stadium,installing some sort of manager who actually cares about the club. I dont like the talk of dowie and o'leary considering how many clubs theyve been at. We need someone within Coventry with passion. I dont think black would want to after the board treated him. I like the sound of oggy and borrows! they care. Still laughing at the fact dublin and huckerby scored last week for Norwich. They were the days!

Ian
The team is largely players brought in by Adams, and far too many of them are past their best. They so often look like they have no idea of their individual responsibilities and seem to be a bunch of individuals. Any team who arrive at the Ricoh well organised and properly coached these days make it difficult for us. Bristol City showed us up as a poorly drilled rabble. Adams and his coaching team must take the blame for this, so it is right to make a change. Richard Money had us playing with style and getting results last time he was here and is the only man for the job.

Ben
I must admit i think it was the right time to let micky go because it was becoming obvious that the players were just not playing for him. I am sad to see him go, thought he was a good manager i mean he did fantastic last year finishing 8th was amazing however i think the turning point was the sale of macca because ever since he has been gone we haven't been the same but with Micky gone i would love to see eric black back i thought he did a brilliant job in his short reign over cov and i think he could do brilliantly again.

michael somers
so much for the 3 year plan. does this mean the 3 year plan starts from now and every 12 - 18 months we get a new manager.

WarwickSkyBlue
You don't spend ages cultivating a fine oak tree, farming it properly, hiring a craftsman to make you a lovely table from it and half way through his work tell him: "Sorry mate. I'm selling the oak, here's a pile of MDF". Same analogy for the logically-impaired on the board at CCFC who sold McSheffrey. How on earth can you launch this cringe-worthy 'Operation Premiership', then sell your best player to your closest rivals and then expect to get back in the Premiership?! I feel downright sorry for Adams and any other poor blighter who gets hired by this board. Get a grip before you lose it altogether.

peter stiles
again coventry city go with a knee jerk reaction to a poor run of results,the manager carries the can for the fact that the club has no money to spend on quality players Adams was the fans choise when he can to the club but they turned on him quickley enough, good uke Micky you are better of out of it,the p[layers have got what they wanted god help ccfc, new manager Pulis of Stoke City

Jod
The board are at fault and nothing will change until the board goes. We don't even own our ground so we're not tempting to any potential buyers and therefore the main stakeholders won't be going anywhere fast. I feel sorry for Micky, who definitely had his heart in the right place, but unfortunately some of his signings were very poor (why one failed player on £8K/week?, I'd rather have 8 young players on £1K/week and hope at least 2 or 3 make it!) and in the end the outcome was inevitable. Good Luck to whoever gets the job, and lets hope that we have something to cheer in the near future. It's not fun being a Sky Blues fan, and hasn't been for far too long!

Nigel
I cannot believe the board have appointed Heath as caretaker, what as he ever achieved for us?

Alison Hopkins
I've been a Coventry fan for 30 odd years and welcomed Adams with open arms. It all can be summed up in football and many other industries and services within Coventry and Warwickshire. There's no passion shown for the City by the majority who work here from other areas of the country. Andrew Wing, Macshefrey, Joe Elliot and Jeff Foster show their determination and passion for what the City's all about. It's a real shame that football players have just takern the money and have lacked real conviction for the club. Eric Black, come back Fletcher isn't about the City and should pack up and go back up to Yorkshire and give his silly ideas ago.

matt evans
what manager in there right mind would want to come here knowing they would have a maximum of 24 months or be out the door. operation no where

vicki
i thought micky adams was good. every one is entitled to a bad patch. they players are at fault too.

Mark, Earlsdon
Watch my lips (well figuratively!) - as I said before, it WILL be Richard Money. Don't waste your time thinking about anyone else. Personally, I would prefer Ian Dowie, but I have it on the very BEST authority that the job is Money's. Done deal. By the way, that will mean that Heath and Cork will go too.

SImon
Don't be suprised if City haven't already got a replacement for Adams - they've done that in the past. All we can do is hope that Paul Fletcher manages to get some money from somewhere to help whoever does come in. Brian Borrows & Steve Ogrizovic get my vote for a managerial team at the City. They both know what 'pride for the club' is!!

Baz Adams
I have supported City since 1963 having seen ALL the ups and downs. I was a steward for 3 years and got to know a few staff and players. I was really unhappy with Gordon Strachans managerial attempt, even more angry when Reid took over, and hoped that Mickey Adams would turn things around. I firmly believe it's the name of the club - players and managers alike seem to have this "it's only Coventry City" attitude. Not a Man Utd or Arsenal, but it's OUR club! We the fans, love our club and it's history and so should anyone who comes in. Play with your heart on your sleeve - not with your hand on your wallet!

John Burke
Micky has driven down attendances which has cost the club income, made both poor buys in the transfer market and baffling selection criteria. But even now, it may be too late to avoid the inevitable relegation scrap and supporter recovery

Richard Griffiths
Isn't it all a case of deja-vu when the board, or Bryan Richardson sold Robbie Keane and the following season we were relegated. City's current problems started from the second game into this season with all the media hype of Gary "Mac" being a target of "Brum" and Adams was powerless to stop the board again selling a star player who would be hard to replace. Personally I think it was a case of panic buying and neither of the two forwards purchased have set the stage alight. I believe Micky Adams had CCFC's interests at heart and tried his best, but his decisions often let him down. Certain players need to sort themselves out and so too must the board because with their clueless ideas has cause for me to worry about the future. Adrian Heath is not the man and so a painstaking search for a replacement is now the order of the day. It's not a sport anymore but big business and whoever inherits the job needs all the luck in the world.

James Lax
I have to say that yet again the board have got it wrong I appreciate the fans frustration as they pay good money to watch second rate football as im one of them. But lets get real there is no money at the club so who are we going to bring in oleary? Has to have money to spend . Dowie never had repect off his players at Charlton or Palace. Richard Money spent the whole time as Roland's assistnat slagging him off ! ! the clubs in a mess and the board need to take a good look at themselves and resign. The fans have got what they wanted now we have to get behind the team and turn our miserable season around. I wish Mickey Admas all the best for the future and thank him for taking us to our highest Championship finshin years ! ! easliy to forget ! !

John Osborne
Since Page was made Captain the team have struggled. The morale of the team is very low at the moment, do they want Hughesy back as Captain instead of Page? Heath as Acting Manager? Not for long I hope. Lets get someone like Richard Money and/or Eric Black back to the club. Although Dowie might be a popular choice, the money might not be available to entice him. Anyway, in my opinion Money has proved his worth at Walsall, whilst Black did some good things whilst he was here. C.C.F.C. forever.

Ray Stephens
Well! I hope that all the players feel very proud of themselves because they are the main reason why Micky Adams has been sacked. However, Micky did not help himself when he threatened to breathalise the players over the Christmas period also asking the public to report any players they see in pubs and clubs drinking. These are grown men not children. Since that statement the team has let in 20 goals in 8 games that is 1 more than in the previous 20 games. This sounds like player power to me? It also coincides with the stripping of the captaincy from Steven Hughes. CCFC finished 8th last season so the new players Micky brought in must take a good look at themselves, Kyle a waste of time,Tabb and Birchill have not shown their potential, McKenzie plays in flashes and has not delivered. Elliott Ward and Andy Marshall are the only successes. Now the club have to pay Micky off, money that could well have been spent on new players. I now fear the worst for the club. As for Adrian Heath taking over as caretaker manager,heaven help us. Who else is there out there Ian Dowie,Bryan Robson, Gary McCallister, Eric Black, Richard Money take your pick I doubt if any of them will do much better without money to spend on players.

carl
eric blacks sky blue army, eric blacks sky blue army, eric blacks sky blue army, eric blacks sky blue army, eric blacks sky blue army, eric blacks sky blue army, eric blacks sky blue army,

Dave Allcock
It is a shame he went but like alot of other people have said all this started when he wnet national about the Xmas drinking policy. I don't rate any of the staff he had with him and the keppers have got worse since Dibble arrived. Time for Gary McAllister to return and finish off the job he started, he got us going and he is the only one out there (apart from Eric Black and I would be amazed if he left Birmingham to come back)that has the passion about the club to get the players feeling the same. Dont for heavens sake put Heath in Caretaker charge, get rid of him and put Oggy in, he cares about the Sky Blues because if Heath is in charge we will probably keep winning and he gets the job full time and we are no better off than we are now. Outsider for the job if Macca does'nt want it... Keegan?

barbara kennedy
they should never have sold mcsheffrey, look where blues are in the table & look where sky blues are!

neil alford
I think the club will regret the decision. I think we should give peter reid another chance or get glen hoddle.

Greg
While I think it is perhaps the only resolution to the problems City are experiencing at the moment, it's not ideal. I think that there are a lot of players in that squad who need a short sharp shock - they are on the pitch at the end of the day and should also take a substantial amount of blame for the position we're in. Perhaps if they manage to get a new face in he will clear the decks and finally rid the club of ghosts and traces of Peter Reid's tenure. Also someone new could look at the squad from a different perspective and get us out of the silly rut of playing people out of position to accommodate (non-performing) others. All the best to Micky Adams, I do think the guy cared but it just wasn't to be.

Alfie
No choice but to let Adams go, he lost the players a long time ago. Dont appoint from within it doesnt work and they have been there and had no input. Whoever we get, i guarantee we will get a result on Monday,the players are good enough but i think they have been going through the motions and didn't not want to play for the boss. Next manager Nigel Pearson.

Paul in Middlewich
Now Micky has gone, Heath and Cork must follow...

Paul Bonehill
I'm sad for Micky, he tried his best, but he had to go. I fear he lost the dressing room, you can't continue if you don't have the players behind you.

Kathy
One man does not make a team you only have to look at Villa they did well at first with a new manager but even there the honeymoon is over I think they should have sat down -team and manager and talked about what's gone wrong

Lorraine
Adams should have been given more time, its not his fault there's no money and the players we have got are not dedicated enough.

Paul
It was time for Adams to go, the club should bring back Eric Black, he is the only manager since we have been relegated to get the team winning and playing good attacking football,bring back Black!

Darren
Who now then, Ian Dowie, Gary Mcallister, Eric Black - would he want to return after the way he was treated - Where Adams is concerned, you had to question some of his substitutions and signings but in youre squad of 16 - the players dont perforn, s they sack the manager???? did he loose the dressing room - was his attude wrong? all i know is that i will continue to support coventry as they are mt team whoever is in charge and cheer them on, even if we are loosing - its all about getting behind the current team - hoping whoever takes charge can attract some decent player before transfer deadline - i for one will continue to go whoever takes charge. what else would my son and i do on a Sat afternoon

L Russell
Message to the board: Please do not appoint any 3rd rate merry-go-round managers at my club. We need new blood, full of pride and passion. The fans need new heros, players who will wear the CCFC shirt with respect. When was the last time we the fans chanted our players names with pride?

Seánna Hardaker-Jones
Gutted! The players need to start playing for their shirts - if the rest of us behaved like that in our jobs we would be sacked and we don't earn even half of what they do but we work alot harder....

ANDY WILLENHALL
SO MICKY ADAMS HAS BEEN GIVEN THE SACK BUT I FEEL THAT HE IS NOT THE ONLY ONE TO BLAME ALL AT CCFC NEED TO TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK AT THEMSELVES SURE MICKY PICKED THE TEAM BUT ONCE THE PLAYERS ARE ON THE PITCH THERES NOT MUCH HE CAN DO PLAYERS YOU NEED TO LOOK AT YOURSELVES DID YOU GIVE YOUR ALL

Mark, Earlsdon
The new manager WILL be Richard Money from Walsall. The Sky Blues' board have been checking him out for weeks.

Mike Holtom
I doubt we can get him back but Eric Black would be ideal. Under him we played with style and passion. We have never replicated taht since. If we can't get him then Iain Dowie would be a fair shot. Don't think we should consider Oggy - there has hardly been a stream of players from the Youth Team breaking through has there. Also, though, it was Paul Fletcher's decision to sell McSheffrey that ripped the heart out of the Club right at the start of the Season should he not also consider his position?

Sam Brown
What a disgrace to sack Mickey, We have no money and now a new manager will want to bring in his own players which we cannot afford. What ever happend to hard work and letting a manager try to come through a bad patch, we will never move forward if we continue to chop and change our managers, Sack Fletcher and his idiot mates!

Harry from Halsall Common
Adam's WAS good enough for Cov City. It was blatantly that the players didn't think he was good enough or was it that he spoke to them too honestly, such as asking them not to turn up to training under the influence of drink - fair enough I think. Money does not run football, but player power runs/ruins football. These players have sacrificed the club that fans LOVE. I don't mind the high wages they get but they should all be part paid related to results - it's just basic management. Good Luck Micky, unfortunately you've had your time. Cov City's next manager should be 1)Richard Money 2)Eric Black 3)Ian Dowie Cov City's next manager SHOULD NOT BE 97)Gary MaCallister 98)Steve Ogizovic(he's too nice) 99)David O'Dreary

Peter Reaney
Its a simple case of of Back the Manager or Sack the manager? the Current Board will take the easy way out because they do not have the financial clout to back the manager. They sold our promotion hopes when they let Gary McSheffrey leave for a pittance. Come on Paul Fletcher start looking for some money men now!

Kevin Gunton
It was the right decision to let Adams go. The tactics were negative and he'd lost the dressing room. I do not think it was all his fault though. The sale of McSheffrey was a very bad decision by the board and they should take some responsibility of the turn round in fortunes from last season. King Kev to take us back to our rightful place in the Premiership! KEEGAN, KEEGAN, KEEGAN.....

steve B
Thank you Micky for your honesty & committment to the cause,the sale of Macca has had a massive influence on the general attitude, belief and confidence of everybody connected with the club, supporters,players & management, did he agree to the sale or did the board force it on him, (Macca DID NOT ASK TO GO )THEY TOOK OUR SEAT LICENCE MONEY THEN SOLD WHAT WE WERE INVESTING IN,now Micky has been forced out, cort & Inchy have to go also NOW! Once again Micky thankyou & good luck.

Peter Reaney
I think the club should sack some of the players as well! They have played a major part in getting Micky Adams the sack. The rot started when Micky Adams announced to the local press that he would breathalise the players over xmas if needs be! There is a drink culture amongst some of the players we see them when we go out on the town. They should be more professional! Who should we get in! Gary Mcallister & Eric Black

Lindsay Harriman
Coventry City need someone who can recognise attitude and ability, especially the lack of it, and who does not tolerate the lack of those qualities in people they have inflicted on the club, and then try to explain their woeful displays as something else.

Nigel
Heath must go as well, he has not demonstrated any coaching abilit, to appoint him as caretaker will be a disaster. Geoffrey Robinson should also explain the events surrounding the article in today's Daily Mail re him contacting Andy Gray(the wrong one) to discuss Adams future, if this is true no wonder Adams lost interest

Brian P
It is only right that Adam's went, he choose the tatics and the team. His man management was poor. We need someone to create a team sprit in the players. How about Ian Dowie?

michael
my 9 year old refuses to go and see the sky blues play anymore,the standard of the play this season has been terrible,we've handed our season tickets back! New manager,new training staff and there might be hope!

Avtar Sandhu
Now!!! Adams has been stacked, Oggy should take over as caretaker manager, until some one suitable can be found. Heath should be walking as well.

Avtar Sandhu
I am season ticket holder at C.C.F.C. I think the time is overdue for Micky Adams, Heath and the rest of the coaching staff to go and get another managerial team in, before we get any deeper in trouble.

Stuart Bird
I dont think he should go but then i think he should as he has lost the players! blaim the players!

Tim Evans
Simple - get rid

Mitchell
Micky Adams should stay and put all the speculation about his position to one side so we can stablise and concentrate on getting where we should be, The Premiership

Billy Mac
Keep the Manager, Sack the non performing players, It should be them in front of the board today!

John Dee
the board will decide on whether MA stays or goes, and i don't know one way or the other which is best. What i do know is that he plays players out of position, changes them week in week in week out, doesn't know his first team, and makes substitutions for no clear reason. So how can the players know what to do ? We are one dimensional when Kyle plays - he does his best but there is no option where as Dele will always have a couple of runs at the defense each game and cause trouble. Is Cameron a central midfielder or wide, Tabb gives 101% but is all over the shop - where should he be? etc etc etc. Unfortunately Steele is showing his inexperience and is being exposed, thus the defence have lost confidence, thus the whole team is under pressure. If MA satys in a job he / his staff need to (until Marshall is back)... Get Luke Steele sorted and get him commanding his area. Motivate him and instill confidence. We need to stop conceeding goals. Pluses from yesterday (if any) - Ben Turner was a plus and the return of Thornton - we had some forward drive in spells (tho' no end product) but he needs to learn to not try to do it all himself. Can't knock his desire though.....Bah let's hope this bad spell ends soon.

Hannah
I've stuck by Micky for a long time, but now sadly I am amongst those who think he should go. Yes it is the player's fault for putting in a poor performance, but the question must be asked why there is no change. One poor performance is acceptable, but when it's week after week surely something needs to change. Micky has no tactical awareness, as shown last night when we did nothing different from the Palace match on Saturday. His substitution choices are also questionable. I know he doesn't really have much to work with, but we should be seeing different systems and play tactics to try and get us a win, rather than just relying on the same and crossing fingers hoping we will score. His heart just doesn't seem to be in it, so I think it's time he went. Even the 'Sky Blue All The Way Through' fans are turning, judging by the chants from last night's game.

Alex
Micky Adams must leave now, before more woeful performances take place here at the Ricoh. You must blame the team, as they dont care at all about the club. These big wages goes to their heads, lost 2-0 last night and they will still pick their £5,000+ wages. They are really lazy. Im a season ticket holder, and I wont buy another one anymore Im sick of the 0% entertainment.

Tom Cranmer
I didnt want to see micky fail as that meant the club would fail aswell, but looking at the past few games its obvious he has lost the dressing room, its time for micky to go!

Lesley
Micky still is the man to take us forward. We should take an example of Birmingham when they kept faith with Steve Bruce, when he was going on a bad run, look where they are now. Need stability and not keep changing managers, like we usually do, poor results usually means get rid of the manager, stick with this one. Need to buy somebody who is not frightened of the goal area as we are trying to walk the ball in the net and never seem to take our chances when we could have a go at goal. Need to get rid of the 'dead wood'and players who don't want to 'wear our shirts' with pride. Dock wages when players have bad performances.

steve chapman
I think that Micky Adams should stay,six managers in six seasons says it all. no stabillity. the club need to stabalise. After all once the players have crossed that white line, its up to them to perform.

Martin from Allesley Village
The players really need to look at themselves, particularly the likes of Stern John who strolls around like a superstar. Having said that, something's got to change in a hurry, as the club's in freefall to League 1. Therefore, Adams should go now, so someone else has got time to make a difference. A change of manager often brings about 2 or 3 immediate wins, which could be enough to keep City up. Also, last night, he substituted the best 2 players, being Kyle and Tabb, which was amazing!

Dave Nikolich
Micky should stay,, get rid of the dead wood and use the accademy players john is garbage. Fletcher should go for lying to fans we got 2.8 mil for macca over 4yrs what a rubbish deal

David
Micky has lost the players. The only problem is that he has us over a barrel he will not walk and we can not afford to sack him. If he did go then i think the man for the job if he would come back is Eric Black

Youelley
Who would come to the club to endure the "challenge" of knowing that if anyone in the squad does excel as a player - THEY WILL BE SOLD How can that build for any future other than what we know and put up with.

Nik
We must remember there is more to a teams performance than the manager alone, don't forget the players, coaches and of course, the board itself. Micky Adams has done some good things for this club. Would Coventry actually replace him with somebody better?

Gary Piazzon
I believe that Micky Adams should stay. If we get rid of him then we'll have to start from scratch. What better manager is there who is better for Coventry in helping them sucees in operation Premiership. Yes Micky Adams might of had a bad run of results, but as loyal Coventry fans i urge you all to back Micky Adams as Coventry manager. Who knows, he could lead us to automatic promotion next year!

Kathy
The players must accept responsibility for this as well they are not children and football is a business in which everyone plays a part if they are not pulling their weight they must be the ones that go

rich from bedworth
adams is clueless manager with no idea on playing football,this is the most boring side ive seen in 30 years

jim cotterill
If you are forced to play loan players week after week you wont get team spirit or a bond with the supporters who pay their wages

Paul Mycock
Time's up for Micky. I reckon he will have lost the respect of the players over the Christmas period when he said he would still be enjoying the festivities despite expecting them to be tea-total & turkey-free. Managers should lead by example - he's ended up the turkey.

brendan kelly
oggy for manager

brendan kelly
stay mickey

Jason
Adam's should go as we are unable to sack the squad of 16 players from last night game. Thank you Adams for all your hard work.

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