Five Positives of Nigel Adkins’ move to Reading

Reading have announced that Nigel Adkins has become their new manager and there are several positives to the news.

Some will still feel a little confused as to why Nigel Adkins was axed from Southampton in the first place but the good news for Reading fans is that they have benefited from that decision in a big way.


Adkins has the experience to guide a side the size of Reading back into the Premier League, if they don’t manage to stay in the top flight this season. He’s done it before with Southampton and no doubt he’ll do it again at Reading in the very near future. Maybe at the first time of asking.


His style of play contrasts the way that Reading have been playing football. The emphasis under Brian McDermott seemed to be to get the ball forward quickly, whether that was into space or into a main striker’s feet. Adkins has a more measured build up style of play based on pass and move football.


The timing of this news is perfect. Granted Reading are running out of games but Adkins has time to look at things and he will make some good signings over the summer. He didn’t really spend big during his time at Southampton but he acquired players who improved specific areas of the team.

Internal Benefits

He brings a number of internal benefits to the table, which are important. The club have made a solid appointment, that will create confidence around the club, which the players can feed off. It creates a general lift, which gives Reading a better chance of staying up than they otherwise would have had.

Man Management

Adkins is superb when it comes to man management. Reading have some good players who may have doubted themselves based on the way the season has gone. Adkins is the ideal man to get the most out of them quickly and he will give anyone else a kick up the backside if they get complacent over their place or drop their belief that Reading can stay up.

Reading fans, what’s the best thing about this appointment?

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