NIGEL ADKINS was appointed today as manager of Reading Football Club
NIGEL ADKINS was appointed today as manager of Reading Football Club.
He 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 has previously managed Bangor City and Scunthorpe United.
Adkins will be assisted by Andy Crosby, who was with him at the Saints.
The Royals, who are in the relegation zone, travel to Arsenal on Saturday and Adkins? first home game in charge will be against Southampton.
Reading owner Anton Zingarevich said: ?I am delighted to bring Nigel to our club because he is perfect for us.
?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.?