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Football: DON'T GO; EXCLUSIVE Leicester players' plea to under-fire boss Adams.

Byline: DARREN LEWIS

LEICESTER players have pleaded with manager Micky Adams not to quit the club as speculation over his future increased at the weekend.

Adams will appear at a press conference at 1pm today and a group of senior professionals fear he will announce his resignation following the sex scandal which has ripped the club apart.

Three players - Paul Dickov, Frank Sinclair and Keith Gillespie - remain in custody in a Spanish jail while several others, having been held by police during the club's mid-season break in La Manga, are now back with their families.

Adams said he was devastated by the allegations. He has repeatedly cracked down on discipline at the club and told players after Christmas that they would be subjected to random breath tests before training.

The senior players, who do not want to be named because the club have put a gag on all staff since the La Manga scandal, have tried to reassure Adams, who feels responsible for taking the squad out to the resort where Stan Collymore's antics landed the Foxes in trouble five years ago.

A Leicester source told Mirror Sport last night: "Micky has done a great deal for this club and nobody blames him for this. We just hope he decides to put this behind him and carry on with trying to keep us up."

Difficult

Leicester's chief operating officer Paul Mace insisted the club are fully behind Adams.

Mace said: "This has been a very difficult time for Micky, but sometimes in the face of adversity comes great strength.

"Micky has done a fantastic job for this club and he is probably the single biggest reason we are playing Premiership football. Everybody is fully committed to Micky."

German star Steffen Freund is considering his Leicester future after being released from custody last week.

Leicester have hired a private investigator in a bid to compile their own dossier on events leading to the allegations which shamed the club.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 8, 2004
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