Micky Adams has no qualms about taking Albion back to the Republic of Ireland to launch their pre-season programme.

The Seagulls fly out on Monday for a mini training camp, culminating in a friendly against Athlone Town on Wednesday (7.30).

Adams cancelled Albion's game at Athlone seven years ago after trouble erupted in the previous match against Longford.

He ordered his team off the pitch near the end of a stormy first half, with Charlie Oatway and Longford defender Alan Murphy in the process of being sent-off.

"Somebody has already asked me to justify the trip to Ireland," Adams said. "I don't really have to justify anything.

"As far as I am concerned, we are going away together, away from our families and loved ones, and we are going to find out about each other.

"We can't do that unless we take on trips and we are going to Ireland because of that.

"It's a very short trip. We go out on Monday evening and we are back on Thursday. It's one game and four days away from the training ground.

"Running around the training ground can get a bit monotonous and I thought it was important that we get away somewhere, even for such a short spell."

The players will encounter spartan living conditions at Albion's Ballygar training base.

Adams said: "You can rest assured they are not staying in five-star accomodation. I spoke to my Irish contact and asked him what is in the rooms. He said a bed and a sink!"