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Micky Adams resigns as Port Vale manager

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Adams has stepped down after five years at Port Vale. Credit: PA

Micky Adams has stepped down as manager of Port Vale after five years at the club.

The 52 year-old, who leaves Port Vale 23rd in League One, said:

“This has not been an easy decision to make, which has been made even more difficult by the strong relationships I have forged during my time at the club. I would like to thank my immediate team, all of the staff at Vale Park and the many players I have worked with throughout my two spells. I have met some truly fantastic people.

“In addition, I would like to thank all of the Port Vale fans for their fantastic support. I hope that the club has only bright times ahead.

“I believe now is the time for another manager to take the helm and I would like to thank Norman Smurthwaite and his wife Lorraine for their fantastic support. I wish the club every success for this season and the future.”

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba asks for patience

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Drogba, 36, still isn't fully fit. Credit: PA

Didier Drogba has asked for patience in his bid to show some of his former brilliance after returning to Chelsea.

Drogba was unable to add to his 157 Blues goals - accrued over eight years, from 2004 to 2012 - and Chelsea were punished by Schalke, who claimed a 1-1 draw.

"For a first game they were okay, kind of okay," Drogba, who left Stamford Bridge after scoring the decisive penalty in the 2012 European Cup win, told Chelsea TV.

"The good thing is no pain in the ankle, so now I can start working and training and improve the condition.

"I was feeling much better in the second half. I'm like a diesel, I need time."

"I had (chances), especially the one in the second half. It was a clear chance and I think it's unlucky.

"If I score there there's no more game. The fact that you don't score, they still believe in the equaliser and that's what happened afterwards."

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Magath remains defiant despite another defeat

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Fulham's start to the season has been dismal. Credit: PA

Fulham manager Felix Magath remained defiant after seeing his side capitulate 5-3 at Nottingham Forest to remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Despite their sixth defeat in seven Sky Bet Championship outings, the German said: "I am completely confident in my job."

Magath saw his side come from two goals down to lead 3-2, only to concede three goals in the last 13 minutes as Forest reclaimed top spot.

"I don't think about my position. I just work with my team. They played very well and scored three times. We were very unlucky.

"I understand the fans' frustrations. I'm very sad we are bottom with one point. It is terrible for the players, myself and the supporters."

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