Derek Adams

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Derek Adams
Personal information
Full name Derek Watt Adams
Date of birth (1975-06-25) 25 June 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ross County (manager)
Youth career
1991–1992 Aberdeen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 Aberdeen 0 (0)
1995–1996 Burnley 2 (0)
1996–1998 Ross County 86 (53)
1998–2004 Motherwell 159 (19)
1999–2000 Ayr United (loan) 4 (0)
2004–2005 Aberdeen 20 (4)
2005–2006 Livingston 25 (0)
2006–2009 Ross County 36 (4)
Total 332 (80)
Teams managed
2007–2010 Ross County
2010–2011 Hibernian (assistant)
2011– Ross County
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Derek Adams (born 25 June 1975) is a former Scottish footballer who is currently manager at Ross County. He is the son of George Adams, who is the director of football at Ross County. Adams played for six different clubs, making over 100 league appearances for Ross County and Motherwell. Adams managed Ross County from 2007 to 2010, guiding them to the 2010 Scottish Cup Final. After six months as assistant manager at Hibernian, Adams returned to Ross County and guided them to the 2011–12 Scottish First Division championship.

Playing career[edit]

Adams started his professional career with Aberdeen, but failed to make a first-team appearance. He moved to English side Burnley, making a couple of league appearances in the mid-1990s before returning to Scotland with Ross County in 1996.

Adams joined Motherwell in 1998, spending six years at Fir Park, including a short loan spell with Ayr United. Adams was one of a number of players affected by the club's administration problems, accepting a pay cut in April 2002.[1] Adams failed to win any trophies during his time with Well, although he scored in the 2002–03 Scottish Cup semi-final defeat against Rangers.[2] In 2004, Adams agreed a pre-contract move to hometown club Aberdeen,[3] spending a year at Pittodrie before being transfer-listed[4] and leaving for Livingston in 2005.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2006, Adams returned to Ross County as player–coach.[6] In November 2007, Adams was promoted to the role of player–manager, having served as caretaker manager since October.[7] Despite the terms of Adams' appointment, his last playing appearance was in October 2007. He led Ross County to the Scottish Second Division championship in 2008, earning promotion to the First Division. Adams then led Ross County to the 2010 Scottish Cup Final, causing upset victories over SPL sides Hibernian and Celtic.[8] County lost 3–0 to Dundee United in the Final.[9]

Adams left Ross County on 11 November 2010 to join Hibernian as assistant manager to Colin Calderwood.[10] Adams has had several disciplinary cases considered by the Scottish Football Association during his coaching career.[11] At one point he was due to be banned for 18 matches,[12] but he won an appeal against part of the suspension.[13] Adams was then suspended for a further six matches, a sanction which Hibs have appealed against.[14] While this appeal was ongoing, Adams described the whole disciplinary process as distressing.[15]

Adams left Hibernian on 19 May 2011 to return to Ross County as manager.[16] In his first season back at County, Adams guided the club to the 2011–12 Scottish First Division championship and promotion to the Scottish Premier League.[17] County clinched the championship with five games to spare.[17] Adams was elected PFA Scotland Manager of the Year for the 2011–12 season.[18] At the start of 2012-13 season, Adams made seven signings, which are all free agents.[19] After three draw and one win, Adams was named Clydesdale Bank Premier League manager of the month for August.[20] Unfortunately, the club's 40-match unbeaten league was ended when Ross County lose 2-1 to St. Johnstone, which Adams describe the unbeaten league streak as "very proud of what they have achieved".[21] In November 2012, Adams appointed Neale Cooper, who has just been quit by Hartlepool United, as his assistant manager.[22] Throughout the month, Ross County was expecting to become SPL survival,[23] but in late-December, the club began to start a winning streak, that led Ross County in the top-six and avoid relegation. In January transfer window, Adams offloaded nine players and installed six new signings. His intention was also cut the wages from the squad, to spend the fund for new signings.[24] His winning streak continues, which resulted Adams having another Clydesdale Bank Premier League manager of the month for January.[25] and February.[26] During the season, Adams was subjected of being linked with Dundee United[27] and Aberdeen.[28] Adams was nominated PFA Scotland Manager of the Year,[29] but lost out to Allan Johnston, which Adams missing out to win it for the second time in the row.[30] At the end of the 2012-13 season, Adams ended his speculation by signing a new contract, which will keep him until 2016.[31]



Ross County


Ross County

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 10 May 2014.[32]
Team Country From To Record
G W D L Win %
Ross County Scotland 4 October 2007 11 November 2010 154 70 41 43 45.45
Ross County Scotland 15 May 2011 Present 126 50 37 39 39.68
Total 280 120 78 82 42.86


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  2. ^ "Rangers beat brave Well". BBC Sport. 19 April 2003. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Dons land Well duo". BBC Sport. 12 May 2004. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  4. ^ "Whelan to leave as Dons cull six". BBC Sport. 9 May 2005. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  5. ^ "Livi beat Caley Thistle to Adams". BBC Sport. 29 July 2005. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  6. ^ "Adams makes Ross County return". BBC Sport. 12 July 2006. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Adams confirmed as County manager". BBC Sport. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  8. ^ Gibson, Fraser (10 April 2010). "Celtic 0–2 Ross County". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  9. ^ McGuigan, Thomas (15 May 2010). "Dundee Utd 3 – 0 Ross County". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Derek Adams exits Ross County to be Hibernian assistant". BBC Sport. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "Ross County star Steven Craig stunned by 'gentleman' Derek Adams latest touchline ban". Daily Record. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Ross County boss Derek Adams' touchline ban stretched to an incredible 18 games". Daily Record. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "Relief for Hibs assistant Derek Adams as he wins battle against latest ban". Daily Record. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "Hibernian to contest Derek Adams' dugout ban". BBC Sport. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  15. ^ "Adams hits out at ban". Eurosport. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "Derek Adams returns as Ross County manager". BBC Sport. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Ross County celebrate promotion to SPL". BBC Sport (BBC). 11 April 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  18. ^ MacDonald, Kenny (10 May 2012). "Hell at Hibees proved I could NEVER be No2". The Scottish Sun (News International). Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "Ross County manager Derek Adams targets free agents". BBC Sport. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Ross County boss Derek Adams named manager of the month". BBC Sport. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Derek Adams hails Ross County display as run ends". BBC Sport. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Neale Cooper returns to Ross County as assistant manager". BBC Sport. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Ross County manager Derek Adams confident of SPL survival". BBC Sport. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Ross County manager Derek Adams wields the axe". Daily Record. 21 December 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "Ross County manager Derek Adams wins January SPL award". BBC Sport. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "Ross County's Derek Adams wins February SPL award". BBC Sport. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  27. ^ "Dundee United: Mixu Paatelainen & Michael O'Neill on short-list". BBC Sport. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "Ross County rebuff Aberdeen's approach for Derek Adams". BBC Sport. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  29. ^ "Celtic's Neil Lennon on PFA Scotland manager of year list". BBC Sport. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  30. ^ "Allan Johnston wins Scotland's Manager of the Year award". BBC Sport. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  31. ^ "Ross County manager Derek Adams signs new contract". BBC Sport. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  32. ^ Derek Adams management career stats at Soccerbase

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