• Defies lowest budget in English football to lead club into League One
  • Vows that Shrimps can progress to the Championship if they keep believing
  • Now a target for Bradford City as managerial stock rises once more
  • Fellow Sport Careers Agency client Kyle Letheren is a hero in goal in Wembley triumph

SILVER LINING...Morecambe boss Derek Adams with the League Two play-off

PROMOTION specialist Derek Adams has defied the smallest playing budget in the English Football League to guide Morecambe into League One.

The 45-year-old Scot, a long-time Sport Careers Agency client, saw his side triumph 1-0 over Newport County in the League Two Play-Off Final at Wembley.

Carlos Mendes Gomes scored a 107th-minute penalty to clinch victory and now Morecambe will play in the third tier for the first time in their history next season.

It's another stellar achievement on the CV of the shrewd Scot who has built a rock-solid record in a 15-year management journey that has also taken in Ross County in his homeland and Plymouth Argyle.

As he soaked up Morecambe's against the odds success Adams said: ”We've shown this season you can do whatever you want to do.

”This club can go to the Championship if it wants to because if you believe then you'll get somewhere.

”As a seven-year-old, I watched my team Aberdeen beat Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, so tell me what you can't do in this world.”

It's a decade now since Adams won the coveted PFA Scotland Manager of the Year award after guiding Ross County out of the Championship and into the top flight.

There he constructed an incredible 40-match unbeaten League run and he would be eventually tempted south to take over at Plymouth and also mastermind their promotion to League One.

Now after a tense and taut afternoon at Wembley he has plotted another successful campaign and he reasoned: ”There was always going to be a slight twist in the game that was going to win it.

”Wembley is a slow-playing surface that isn't conducive to quick attacking play.

"Both teams dealt with the heat and they tried to water the pitch the best way they could but it wasn't free-flowing, there weren't a lot of opportunities on goal.”

IN SAFE KEEPING...Kyle Letheren gets his hands on the trophy at

Adams' stock has risen once more and he is a valued commodity in the technical area in the English game.

That has led to intense speculation that League Two sleeping giants Bradford City want him to propel them back up through the ranks on a long-term project at Valley Parade.

For now, though, Adams remains at the helm at Morecambe and he stressed: ”There's no deals done with any clubs. There's a lot of speculation on players and managers' futures.

"All I can say is that there's no deal done. Today is all about making history and we've done that exceptionally well throughout the season. I've got a contract with Morecambe and that's what I'm playing to.”

Adams brought in fellow Sport Careers Agency client goalkeeper Kyle Letheren in January and he was between the sticks at Wembley to craft a crucial clean sheet.

Letheren, a UEFA B Licence coach and UEFA A Goalkeeping candidate, had one of the most memorable afternoons of his career at the age of 33.

And he smiled: "I only joined here mid-season but the players welcomed me with open arms, they have been an honour to play behind."

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