Ross County: Manager Derek Adams resigns after 12 games

Derek Adams has resigned as Ross County manager after just 12 games of his third spell in charge.

The 48-year-old returned to the Scottish Premiership club in November, but has now decided to quit after "much consideration in recent weeks".

His final game was Tuesday's 5-0 defeat at Motherwell which left second-bottom County six points above Livingston.

Chairman Roy MacGregor said he accepted Adams' resignation "in the best interest of both Derek and the club".

He added: "We would like to place on record our thanks to Derek, and we wish him well for whatever he chooses to do in the future."

Adams won two and lost seven matches - including a 3-0 Scottish Cup exit at home to second-tier Partick Thistle - in a tenure spanning just 79 days.

Having returned north from Morecambe in England's League Two to succeed Malky Mackay, he sparked controversy in the wake of County's defeat at Dundee in December when he pilloried the "shocking" standard of Scotland's top flight.

Adams had hinted in recent weeks he regretted taking the County job, and said after Tuesday's defeat at Fir Park that he would discuss his future with the hierarchy.

Confirming his departure, he told the County website: "After much consideration in recent weeks, I have made the decision to resign from my position as manager.

"Over my 12 games in charge, we moved six points clear of the team directly below and have been extremely close to gaining more victories and draws along the way.

"Ross County Football Club is close to my heart after twice playing here and managing for a third time. I would like to take the opportunity to thank chairman Roy MacGregor and Steven Ferguson and wish them well for the future."

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