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Ross County boss Derek Adams shrugs off Aberdeen link

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IT'S going to take more than a big-name club with an illustrious history to tempt Derek Adams away from his mission at Ross County.


The Staggies boss is a man in demand after steering the Dingwall club from the depths of the Second Division to the verge of a top-six place in the SPL via a Scottish Cup Final.


His exploits have not gone unnoticed as he picked up his second consecutive Clydesdale Bank Manager of the Month award and his third gong of the season – the first non-Old Firm boss to make it a hat-trick in one campaign.


Rival clubs have taken note as well and having been linked with Dundee United and jobs down south, Adams has also been strongly tipped to succeed Craig Brown at Aberdeen.


The former Dons midfielder has been cool on the rumours. He’s used to them but as far as he is concerned he still has a job to do in Dingwall.


Adams, 37, is fiercely ambitious and a time will come when another club comes calling – but it has to be the right one.


Chairman Roy MacGregor is hoping to hold that day off a while longer with a new contract extension in the pipeline despite more than 12 months remaining on the manager’s deal.


Adams said: “There’s talk about a new contract but I’ve got a year of this one to run and I’m more than delighted with the progress we’re making.


“I get on with my work. There has been a lot of talk about other clubs over a number of years.


“I enjoy working here. I’m able to do what I want by running a club and I know I’ll not get that at many places.


“It’s like David Moyes at Everton. He’s been able to move that club on for the last 10 years and make them what they are.


“Bill Kenwright has allowed him to do that. My chairman and the director of football here have allowed me to do that as well.


“A lot of other clubs have a lot of opinions. It’s vital the manager is able to have control if he’s doing the right thing.”


Adams won’t be dazzled by a glistening past. He’s more concerned about the future.


The former Motherwell ace has the rare contentment of working at a club that’s not living in the shadow of a mountain of debt.


Adams said: “There are a lot of clubs with a lot of history but that’s what they have just now.


“We’re up-and-coming and competing at the highest level. There are clubs with a lot of debt and many of those who had success in the past don’t have any now.


“So who is to say Ross County can’t compete on a weekly basis? We are already. The club is ambitious and we’ve shown it on the park.


“There are a lot of clubs with history but they don’t have the balance sheet like Ross County. That’s one of the reasons we’ve been successful.


“We’ve not spent money we don’t have, unlike a lot of others in Scotland. They’ve paid players too much money and given them too many long contracts.


“The director of football, my dad George, will not allow the chairman to spend outwith his means and he’s the one person who puts his foot down.”


Adams’s mantelpiece might be buckling under the strain of another award but he insists it’s his players who deserve the plaudits for their performances.


He said: “The awards take pride of place in my house and are nice to get but it’s a reflection on the club.


“I wouldn’t get them without a lot of help and it’s the players who go out and do it on the pitch.


“They’ve done well all season and there could have been a case for several of them to win the players’ award.”

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