Tuesday 26 March 2013
Reading have confirmed the appointment of Nigel Adkins as the club's new manager.
The 48-year-old replaces Brian McDermott, who left the Royals this month, and has been charged with trying to secure the club's Barclays Premier League survival.
Adkins, a former goalkeeper with Tranmere Rovers and Wigan Athletic, led Southampton from League One to the top-flight with back-to-back promotions but was relieved of his duties in January.
He agreed to join Reading on Monday evening and, alongside new assistant manager Andy Crosby, will take training at Hogwood Park for the first time on Tuesday.
"He has great respect within the game, his CV speaks for itself"
"I am pleased to be the Reading manager," said Adkins. "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.
"I am looking to the future, I've had two months out and gone around Europe, I'm excited about the future and passionate about playing football."
Owner Anton Zingarevich, who took charge of the Reading last summer, believes that Adkins is the ideal choice for the club.
"I am delighted to bring Nigel to our club because he is perfect for us," owner Anton Zingarevich told the club's website. "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."
Reading are second from bottom in the League table, seven points from safety, and on Saturday they take on fifth-placed Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Adkins' first home match at the Madejski Stadium will be against his former club Southampton on 6 April.
30 March Arsenal (A)
6 April Southampton (H)
13 April Liverpool (H)
20 April Norwich (A)
28 April QPR (H)
4 May Fulham (A)
12 May Man City (H)
19 May West Ham (A)