Sheffield United sack manager Micky Adams

Former Sheffield United manager Micky Adams

Sheffield-born Adams oversaw United's relegation from the Championship

Sheffield United have sacked manager Micky Adams.

The 49-year-old former Port Vale boss and his assistant Alan Cork left the club following a meeting with owner Kevin McCabe on Tuesday.

Adams, a lifelong Blades fan, was appointed on 30 December last year after former boss Gary Speed became manager of Wales.

United won just four of their 24 games under his charge, and their relegation to League One was confirmed last week.

In a statement on the official website, McCabe confirmed Adams and Cork had been relieved of their duties.

"He [Adams] made it clear that he wanted the chance to lead us next season but the fact remains that we have been relegated.

"I feel that in order to give ourselves the best opportunity we should make a clean sweep at the top and start afresh next season."

The statement then quotes Adams as saying: "Obviously I am very, very disappointed with the decision but I still wish Sheffield United all the best.

"I am a Blade and will always be a Blade so I am just sorry that my move here has not worked out."

Meanwhile, Trevor Birch has stepped down as chief executive but will stay on as a short-term consultant.

McCabe said:   "His considerable contacts and experience will help us to reshape the football club and focus on our transfer dealings."