New Reading FC manager Nigel Adkins targets Premier League survival
Nigel Adkins hasn’t spent long out of club management, with the former Southampton manager being confirmed as the new boss of Reading on Tuesday morning.
March 26th, 2013
It appears as though Gus Poyet was the first choice for the post after the sacking of Brian McDermott, although the Uruguayan’s decision to stay with Brighton paved the way for Adkins to be installed in the Madejski Stadium hot seat.
Reading have eight games to try and preserve their Premier League status although they are seven points behind 17th-placed Aston Villa and will possibly need five or even six wins to stand any chance of survival.
Adkins said: “I’ve not made any comments since I left Southampton and I want to take the opportunity to thank all the people there. I thank the fans, the players and supporters. We were on a fantastic journey but we have to move on now.
“I am pleased to be the Reading manager. We will take it one game at a time and try and keep this club in the Premier League. It’s a good club, I’ve been impressed with them and I’ve always known what sort of club it is. We’re in the Premier League and we want to stay there. I am excited.”
Royals owner Anton Zingarevich claimed that Adkins ticks all the right boxes as the successor to Brian McDermott.
“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.”