DEREK Adams will be unveiled as City boss today with the mission statement to drag the club out of the League Two doldrums.

Fresh from clinching promotion with underdogs Morecambe, the Bantams are ready to put their faith in the Scot to carry on where he left off at Valley Parade.

His imminent appointment comes 25 days after Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars were stood down from the hot-seat – a period during which he steered the Shrimps to Wembley glory and into League One for the first time in their history.

Morecambe yesterday announced that Adams had left the club – although he had told them his intentions to go in a call the day after their play-off final success.

“You could say, yes, we’re disappointed but you can’t force somebody to stay in a job,” said Morecambe co-chairman Rod Taylor.

“I think Derek felt he’d done what he set out to do. We’d have preferred him to stay and do more but he’d obviously made his mind up so we’ve got to respect that.

“We’ve had a few conversations over the past few days. There have been rumours flying around for a while now, but we can only deal in facts.

“When this news broke to us from Derek on Tuesday, there have been ongoing discussions since then.

“It isn’t a monetary issue. He’s made a decision, as far as I can see, on football matters and that’s his choice.

“We have to look after the football club, that’s the bottom line. It isn’t about individuals.

"We thank Derek for what he’s done but now we move on.”

In an interview with BBC Radio Lancashire, Taylor also revealed that Morecambe have shelved plans for an open-top bus celebration this weekend because of Adams’ departure.

“As much as we want to celebrate, without Derek there who’s achieved that … we don’t think it would have been a thing to do.

“Derek had made his mind up to go and we weren’t able to alter that.”

City have announced that a press conference to unveil the identity of their next manager will take place this afternoon.

Adams has been the name on City’s hitlist since impressing chief executive Ryan Sparks when he was originally interviewed for the vacancy in December.

His thoughts on the squad going forward are understood to have influenced the decision-making with the club’s retained list and summer targets.

Adams has a reputation for signing players from his old clubs. With most of Morecambe's promotion-winning side now out of contract, he may be tempted to raid his former side.

City have already been strongly linked with Morecambe centre forward Cole Stockton.