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.
More top news
Thursday afternoon's weather for the east of the region
Thursday's forecast for the east of the region
Thursday's forecast for the west of the region