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.
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