Dickov is set for City exit
By Bill Anderson
With one "escapee" gone, Micky Adams now expects his top striker Paul Dickov will be the next Leicester City player to exercise his get-out clause.
Ricky Scimeca's signing for West Bromwich Albion yesterday left the City boss with a sense of betrayal as the former Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest man took advantage of that option.
Scimeca, though, has said he did not know of the escape clause, but the fact that he has left City with another year on his contract speaks for itself.
And if Scottish international Dickov - in talks with Portsmouth yesterday and with Blackburn Rovers also waiting in the wings - goes too, Adams' bitterness would be even more.
The way he sees it, both Scimeca and Dickov were given a new lease of life by City, especially Dickov who has gone from permanent reserve at Manchester City to a goal-scoring hero at the Walkers Stadium.
Adams' fears that Premiership predators would "pick over the carcass" of relegation look well-founded and he said: "I would have hoped that players who I have basically re-invented would have had a bit more about them.
"We signed them when no-one else was interested in them but they will say they have their families to think about, no doubt.
"I would look at someone like Muzzy Izzet, who had plenty of chances to leave but honoured his contract with us to the very end, and I would have expected others to have done the same thing.
"Scimeca has gone and with Dickov having discussions with Portsmouth and Blackburn, I now expect him to go too."
This has off-set any sense of pleasure in the long-awaited end of the La Manga saga when all charges against the City players involved, including Dickov, have been dismissed.
Adams said the issue had clouded the survival bid, knocking some of City's famous spirit at a key time in the campaign, so the news has come too late in that sense.
He said: "I knew right from the start that they were innocent and if it had been cleared up a lot sooner when the season was still going, it would definitely have been a boost, that's for sure.
"And it might have made a difference."