Friday, 20 April 2018

Manager excited by the future

NEW Reading manager Nigel Adkins says his side must believe that they can escape relegation.

NEW Reading manager Nigel Adkins says his side must believe that they can escape relegation.

The former Southampton manager says he is “excited about the future” at the club and will work hard during the remaining eight games of the Premier League season.

Adkins replaces Brian McDermott, who was dismissed by the Royals earlier this month after four years in charge.

Adkins, 48, who has been given a three-year contract, led fellow Premier League side Southampton to back-to-back promotions before being sacked in January.

He will be assisted by Andy Crosby, who was with him at the Saints.

Adkins, who has spent the last two months travelling in Europe, told a press conference on Tuesday that he was a “football man” and was pleased to get back into management with the Royals.

“I am pleased and privileged to be the Reading manager now,” he said. “We have got to have the belief and the desire and take one game at a time and make sure that this football club remains in the Premier League and that’s what I have come here to do.

“We have got stability here and a future looking forward and I’m excited about the prospect of being here.

“I am a football man, I’m passionate about playing football, I am passionate about all things that go on in football.”

The Royals, who are in the relegation zone, travel to Arsenal on Saturday and Adkins’ first home game in charge will be against Southampton.

Adkins said: “We are going to take it one game at a time, that’s the important thing, we put all our energies into one game and do everything we can to go and win it, analyse it put it to bed and then we will move on to the next game.

“The players have a good spirit amongst themselves, they always have done and I’m looking forward to getting amongst them and looking forward to the next game which is Arsenal on Saturday.”

Reading owner Anton Zingarevich said he was delighted with his capture of Adkins.

He said: “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 and 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. “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.”

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