Ross County have identified Morecambe boss Derek Adams as a potential successor to Malkay Mackay, as reported by the Lancaster Guardian.
Adams has done an outstanding job at Morecambe this season. Relegated from League One on the final day, they lost a raft of top players and faced a summer of uncertainty. Despite that, they’re just two places outside the top seven with games in hand and have an FA Cup second-round tie to look forward to after dumping League One Lincoln City out of the competition.
However, the 48-year-old now appears to be on his way out of the Shrimps, heading north to Ross County, a club he knows well. As a player, Adams had two spells with the Staggies, winning the Scottish Challenge Cup. As a manager, he also had two spells, winning the Second Division, the First Division, and the Scottish Cup, before moving to Plymouth.
His success in England has been mixed – he took the Pilgrims to the League Two playoffs in his first season, then finished second the following campaign to earn promotion. After leaving Plymouth, he went to Morecambe, with whom he earned promotion to League One in 2021.
After a tough spell at Bradford saw him sacked after just 37 matches, but his return to Morecambe has been successful despite last season’s relegation.
It now seems he is going to head back up to Victoria Park to take over a club struggling at the foot of the Premier League table. They’re currently 11th, having finished in the bottom three on three occasions in the past four seasons.
They’re currently without a win since September 2nd and were dumped out of the League Cup by Aberdeen.
What a huge blow this could be for Morecambe. They’re far greater than the sum of their parts in that Adams has got them functioning as a solid unit despite scouring free transfers and loans and offering one-year deals to some players that few would take a chance on in League Two. Players such as Tom Bloxham and Jacob Davenport have thrived under his watchful eye.
However, the lure of managing his team at Ibrox and Celtic Park is sure to be great, and whilst Ross County are perennial strugglers, there’s potential there – they finished sixth a couple of seasons ago, and there’s enough time left for them to claw their way back up the table.
For Adams, it might just be a route into big-time management that would surely be a long time coming in the basement division in England.