Nigel Adkins has several qualities which will take Leeds United back into the Premier League.
Nigel Adkins has to be named as next Leeds manager if Neil Warnock walks away from the club or is sacked this season.
Leeds are currently tenth in the table and six points away from a play-off place, which could force the club to give Warnock the boot if he can’t take them up by the end of the current season.
If that’s the case then Adkins has to be named as his replacement as he’s a solid and safe available manager, experienced in handling things at a big club coming out of the football league.
Adkins was in charge of a Southampton side that secured back-to-back promotions into the Premier League, which is where they remain thanks to a large part of the good work he’s done.
That security and safety that Adkins would offer Leeds is exactly what they need when they go back into the Premier League because it’s not going to be easy when they do eventually get there.
In terms of the basic jobs that a manager does, Adkins does them all very well. He’s a solid man manager and he makes sensible signings which is important considering the relative financial obscurity that still surrounds Leeds.
Tactically he’s experienced in the Premier League and many Southampton fans will still admit to being a little confused as to why he was sacked in the first place.
This is significant because it will give Leeds a greater chance of digging in and securing valuable points early in their Championship adventure next season and when they eventually get back into the Premier League.
He’s a manager with a point to prove because of the way he left the Saints and Leeds is the perfect vessel for him to do just that. A massive club with a massive support base then he can nurture before getting one over on his former employers.
He will also be keen to test some new ideas and methods he will now have, which he hasn’t had the chance to go with because of his exit at Southampton earlier in the season.
Warnock’s contract expires at the end of June and he’s already stated that he’s happy to let that wind down before moving on. If Leeds don’t snap up Adkins when that happens, another club will and Leeds face another case of missing out.
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