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Nigel Adkins confirmed as new Reading manager until summer of 2016

March 26th, 2013 Sports


Nigel Adkins confirmed as new Reading manager until summer of 2016


New challenge: Nigel Adkins will try to save Reading from the drop Photo: GETTY IMAGES




Reading
have been searching for a new manager since they sacked Brian McDermott two
weeks ago, and former Southampton manager Adkins is the man they have opted
for.

The 48 year-old had been out of work since surprisingly losing his job with
the Saints in January, with his sacking coming after back-to-back
promotions.

Long-time assistant Andy Crosby will join Adkins at Reading and the pair will
take the team to Arsenal on Saturday before a home meeting with Southampton.

Reading owner Anton Zingarevich agreed the deal with Adkins last night and is
happy to have got his man.

“I am delighted to bring Nigel to our club because he is perfect for us,” the
Russian said in a statement.

“He has great respect within the game, his CV speaks for itself and he has
many attributes as a manager, he is progressive, he develops players, his
teams play attacking, passing football but most of all he knows how to win
games at all levels.

“This is an appointment we have made both with the short and long-term in mind
and Nigel can take our club forward.

“I know our supporters have been keen to hear news over the past two weeks and
I am certain they will join me in saying it was worth the wait.

“I wish Nigel and Andy nothing but good luck and now we focus on eight hugely
important games in the Premier League.

“Our supporters will also play a vital part in the finale to the season and I
am certain Nigel will get an excellent reception from our fans at the
Emirates on Saturday.”