Adams to succeed Bassett at Leicester

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Leicester City will make Mickey Adams their new manager and move Dave Bassett upstairs to become Director of Football at the end of the season, following crisis talks with the board.

Adams demanded to speak to his bosses after hearing and fearing that he would be fired at the end of Leicester's disastrous Premiership campaign. The former Brighton manager, who joined under Bassett's wing when Peter Taylor was told to leave, was so sure of his fate that he was in the running to become the new manager of Hull City.

Adams was even prepared to jump ship this week, but leading members of the board assured him that his future was safe and the shake-up would keep him happy.

Bassett has failed to turn round Leicester's fortunes and will now move on to a general manager level, leaving team affairs and coaching to Adams. It was an anticipated change when the pair were first appointed. The only question was when it would happen.

Bassett will be in control for the remaining games and will also try to find buyers for the players the club needs to sell. A total of £10m will have to be raised. Robbie Savage and Muzzy Izzet will be the first to leave, but high earners like Matt Elliott and Ian Walker could be encouraged to find new clubs.

Hull are now making an official approach to bring in Ronnie Moore as their next manager – and they hope to announce his appointment today. The faltering Third Division promotion chasers have decided to move quickly to revive their play-off hopes and talks are now under way.

Moore is willing to quit Rotherham, who are in the middle of a First Division survival fight, because Hull are potentially a far bigger club.

The Hull chairman, Adam Pearson, can also offer Moore more lucrative terms then he is on at Millmoor. He sees Moore as the ideal man with a past track record of success at Third Division level.

The Arsenal winger, Robert Pires, will not face any disciplinary action from the Football Association after his reported involvement in a tunnel incident at St James' Park last weekend.

John Carver, the Newcastle coach, said that he intervened to separate Pires and Jamie McClen after the Frenchman allegedly confronted the Magpies midfielder following the FA Cup quarter-final tie. The referee Mark Halsey witnessed the brief incident but saw no need to take any action at the time or to include any mention of it in his match report, the FA confirmed.

Tottenham Hotspur's Republic of Ireland full-back Stephen Carr looks certain to miss the World Cup finals after suffering a setback in his attempt to come back from his injury absence yesterday.

Carr, who has been out for the whole of the current season with a knee injury, was aiming to make a comeback in a few weeks but now faces a further lay-off. The news comes not only as a blow to the Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle but also the Ireland coach Mick McCarthy, who was keen to add to the 26-year-old's 18 caps.

The Bolton midfielder Gareth Farrelly faces a knee operation that will end his part in Wanderers' fight for Premiership survival. Farrelly – whose play-off final goal put the Trotters on the way to the top flight – has been dogged by the problem for months and now needs surgery. The operation is also likely to mar Farrelly's hopes of squeezing into the Republic's World Cup finals squad.

Birmingham City have completed the permanent signing of the utility player Tom Williams from Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee. It is believed the deal could be worth up to £1m.

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