ADAMS ON THE BRINK

Blackstone manager Vince Adams love affair with the club is hanging by a thread despite his dramatic U-turn following his resignation on Thursday.

Blackstone manager Vince Adams love affair with the club is hanging by a thread despite his dramatic U-turn following his resignation on Thursday.

His frustrations in the wake of the club s slump in fortunes they have not won in 15 matches boiled over after the 3-1 home defeat by Northampton Spencer.

Accusing some of the players of lacking passion, he quit the post only to be persuaded to return in time for Saturday s clash with Cogenhoe, which was a big improvement despite the 4-3 loss.

Only the pleading of assistant manager Pat O Keefe made Adams return at the weekend but the manager said this week it could only be temporary.

It was an emotional decision to leave on Thursday but Paddy persuaded me to come back and I have said I will pack it in at the end of the season, said Adams.

But one or two things have cropped up since, I am planning to meet our chairman Bill Sewell and then I will decide what to do after that.

Adams, who played for Arsenal during the 1960s, has been involved at Lincoln Road for three years, two of them as the boss.

After a year of consolidation last season, Stones began the 2000-2001 campaign with a flourish surging up to second place and competing for promotion to the Dr Martens League.

But key injuries, the loss of other important players and a consequent slump in form has seen Blackstone slide down the UCL premier division table.

Adams is believed to have been considering his position for weeks and he is now close to quitting for good.

In an emotional comment this week, he told the Mercury: Losing those players and in other games seeing a lack of guts from the team has really got to me.

Then dominating the game but losing yet again on Thursday was too much to bear and I decided to go.

But maybe it had the desired effect because when I came back for the Saturday game it was 10 times better although we should still have won.

Adams added: We ve drawn 10 games and every single one should have been three points for us.

Add those points to our total and we would be up their challenging at the top. That s what has been really frustrating for us.

Stones visit Buckingham tomorrow (Saturday) in the league before tackling Stofold away in the semi-finals of the Hinchinbrooke Cup on Thursday night.