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|Premier League Clubs||Southampton, Reading|
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Nigel Adkins was appointed as Reading manager in March 2013, during a debut season in the Barclays Premier League that also included overseeing Southampton’s return to the top flight of English football after a seven-year absence.
Former goalkeeper Adkins was on the books of Liverpool, his hometown club, as a schoolboy and began his playing career at Tranmere Rovers in 1983. He then moved to Wigan Athletic and made 155 appearances as the Latics’ number one before his playing career was cut short with injury problems.
Adkins had an eye on a coaching career from an early age, guiding Sunday league side Renbad Rovers to three promotions up the ladder of the Birkenhead Sunday League, and he earned his first managerial role at Welsh side Bangor City in 1993. He led the top flight side to consecutive league titles and UEFA Europa League qualification in his first two years at the club.
He earned the role of physiotherapist of Scunthorpe United, having gained a physiotherapy degree from the University of Salford, in 1996 and 10 years later took over as manager. In his first full season at the helm at Glanford Park, Adkins’ side were champions of League 1, and they went up again in 2009 after bouncing back from relegation in the Championship.
Adkins was appointed as Southampton manager in September 2010, then in the relegation zone of League 1, and he led the South Coast side to back-to-back promotions, finishing second in both League 1 and the Championship, this earning promotion to the Barclays Premier League.
After guiding Saints to 15th in the Premier League, Adkins was relieved of his duties in January 2013 and took over the reins at relegation-threatened Reading two months later, although he couldn't prevent the Royals from dropping into the Championship.
Tranmere Rovers: 1983-86