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Football: LEICESTER: A CLUB ON ITS KNEES; PREMIERSHIP ROCKED BY NEW SEX SCANDAL I'll fight on vows boss Adams.

Byline: Martin ROGERS

MICKY ADAMS is steadfastly refusing to allow Leicester's La Manga scandal drive him out of his job.

The future of the Foxes' boss was questioned as three of his players - Paul Dickov, Keith Gillespie and Frank Sinclair - were charged with sexual aggression in Spain yesterday.

Battling to hold the club together and clinging on to their dwindling chances of Premiership survival, Adams has been a tower of strength over the past 48 hours.

He has slept for just a few hours as he acted as a go-between with the wives and girlfriends of the charged players, passing on information and offering reassurance.

Adams could have been forgiven for cutting his losses and seeking another job. But he has already given assurances to the Leicester board he is fully committed to the Foxes cause and is right behind his players.

Chief operating officer Paul Mace said yesterday: "I have spoken with Micky regularly for the past three days - we have been in almost constant contact.

"Micky is an old fashioned manager, he stands by his players and they are very close. He felt it was very important for him to be there in Spain while this has been going on.

"He has had very little sleep and has been working very closely with our representatives out there. It goes without saying it has come as a very big shock to him."

Adams has spent much of the season frustrated as Leicester have been unable to avoid relegation trouble. Defensive problems have led to a string of late goals conceded.

But Adams' attitude is that if there comes a time when he is to go it will be on his terms. As one of the most highly-rated young managers in the country, Adams would not be short of job offers if he walked out of the Walkers Stadium.

But, having taken the side up from the First Division last season, he still has unfinished business.

His big task now is to lift the spirits of his squad. The atmosphere at Leicester's training ground on the outskirts of the city was subdued yesterday as the players were supervised by assistant Alan Cork.

They refused to comment and were clearly shellshocked.

Leicester now plan an internal investigation in which the decision to go to La Manga will be scrutinised. Four years ago, at the same destination, players went on the rampage and were thrown out, with Stan Collymore letting off a fire extinguisher.

And before last season Callum Davidson's jaw was broken when he was punched by Dennis Wise in a row over a card game. It is likely there will be no more overseas tours.

Another concern is whether Leicester will have a full complement of players for their next Premiership game - a visit to Birmingham a week today. But Mace was confident all players would be back by then.

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SUBDUED: City's Les Ferdinand yesterday; DOWNBEAT: Leicester players back home in training yesterday
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 6, 2004
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