Adkins' Royals appointment

Nigel Adkins has been confirmed as the new manager for Reading FC at a press conference at the Madejski stadium.

Can he keep the Royals in the Premier League?

Reading's new manager Nigel Adkins has told a press conference held at his new club that he "has to believe" they can keep the club in the Premier League.

Adkins used the press conference to pay tribute to old colleagues at Southampton, but also said he would take his games with Reading one at a time, in a bid to get them out of the drop zone.

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Nigel Adkins: A career in sport

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Nigel Adkins while manager at Southampton in 2012 Credit: PA Wires

Nigel Adkins - Factfile:

1965: Born March 11, Birkenhead.

1981: Experiences management for the first time as he leads a Sunday League side.

1983: Starts a professional career as a goalkeeper with Tranmere Rovers.

1986: Moves to Wigan, for whom he makes more than 150 appearances.

1993: Takes a player-manager role with Bangor City, winning league titles in 1994 and 1995 and qualifying for Europe at the same time. Has to retire from playing after breaking his back.

1996: Joins Scunthorpe as a physio having gained a degree at Salford University.

2006 - November: Put in caretaker charge of Scunthorpe after Brian Laws leaves to take over at Sheffield Wednesday.

December 6: Given the job on a full-time basis and Scunthorpe go on to win League One.

2008: Scunthorpe are relegated from the Championship under Adkins.

2009 - April: Adkins takes Scunthorpe to the LDV Trophy final which they lose to Luton, but guides them back to the Championship via the play-offs.

2010 - September 12: After keeping Scunthorpe in the Championship, Adkins moves to Southampton, replacing Alan Pardew.

2011 - May 7: Wins promotion from League One.

2012 - April 28: Becomes the first Southampton manager to win back-to-back promotions as Southampton head to the Premier League.

2013 - January 16: Saints come back from 2-0 down at European champions Chelsea to secure a 2-2 draw.

January 18: With Southampton 15th in the Premier League, Adkins is sacked and replaced by Mauricio Pochettino.

March 25: Named as Reading boss on a deal until the summer of 2016.

Royals owner "delighted" over new manager

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Nigel Adkins, Anton Zingarevich and Sir John Madejski Credit: ITV Meridian

Royals owner Anton Zingarevich agreed the deal with Nigel Adkins last night and is pleased to have got his man. Long time assistance Andy Crosby will join Adkins at Reading as the pair take the team to Arsenal on Saturday, before a home meeting with Southampton.

Mr 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 ... 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."

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Nigel Adkins is new Reading manager

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Nigel Adkins Credit: PA Images

Nigel Adkins has this morning been named as the new manager for Reading in a deal until the summer of 2016. The 48-year-old takes over the Royals who are 19th in the Premier League.

The Royals have been searching for a new boss since they sacked Brian McDermott two weeks ago, and former Southampton manager Adkins is the man they have opted for.

The 48-year-old had been out of work since surprisingly losing his job with Saints in January, with his sacking coming after back-to-back promotions.

Is Adkins the man for Reading?

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Nigel Adkins Credit: PA Images

Reading has called a press conference this morning when they are expected to announce Nigel Adkins as their manager.

Adkins, who's 48, has been out of work since losing his job with Southampton FC in January. Reading has been without a manager since the sacking of Brian McDermott.

The press conference is at 9.15am - and comes just five days before Reading travel to Arsenal before a home game against Southampton.