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New Sligo Rovers boss Micky Adams says moving to Ireland was a ‘no-brainer’.

Adams during his unveiling at the Showgrounds this week.
Adams during his unveiling at the Showgrounds this week.
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Updated at 18.25

MICKY ADAMS SAYS taking up the offer to relocate to Ireland and take charge of Sligo Rovers was a “no-brainer”.

“I was fed up with gardening!” Adams said when asked what swung this decision.

“Sligo Rovers has got a fantastic history and tradition that I am aware of. I was aware of it because good friends of mine John Coleman and Jimmy Bell spoke very highly of the football club and told me about the facilities.

“They’re struggling at the minute as a team and I decided to take the challenge up.”

The 53-year-old, who has managed 12 English clubs over the past two decades, was appointed the new Bit O’Red boss along with assistant and coach Alan Rogers this week — replacing interim management team Joseph Ndo and Gavin Dykes.

Sligo are currently languishing second from bottom in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division table after accumulating just 16 points from 22 matches during what has been a dismal season so far for the 2012 champions.

Adams will attempt to turn the club’s fortunes around by securing their status in the top flight for next season — starting with this evening’s meeting with high-flying Cork City at the Showgrounds,

“There’s a lot of good managers sat at home right now tending to their gardens like I was,” he explained. “I’ve got to be honest, my garden looks superb now.

“You can wait for the phone to ring as much as you want but it’s a competitive industry and there are lots of good managers out of work.

At this time of the year in England you’re not going to get a job because everybody has formulated their squads and their backroom staff and the season has started.

“The likelihood of the phone ringing is low, it’s not going to happen, but casting away all of that, the opportunity to get back on the training ground to help people, I’m talking about helping the players, I wanted to work.

“I’m a working class lad, I’m from a working class area of Sheffield. It was a no-brainer as far as I was concerned. I’ve met some good people.”

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