There are two clear reasons why Adkins is the right man for the job.
Point to prove
The way Adkins was sacked by Southampton was harsh, even more so than McDermott's axe from Reading. This means the manager has a point to prove in the top flight, and will look forward to restoring and enhancing his reputation.
If he can somehow help Reading survive, then Adkins will be hailed a managerial genius, and this certainly gives him a clear objective to aim for.
His first match is away to Arsenal, where his Southampton side were demolished 6-1 in September. Adkins may be forgiven for not fancying it, but he will be keen to do far better this weekend.
But the biggest highlight on the fixture list is the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday April 6 - When Reading and Adkins host his former club Southampton.
If Reading can get the win, irrespective of what happens next, the manager will have proved his point to Saints chairman Nicola Cortese.
Reading at this stage must remain realistic that they are likely to be relegated back to the Championship, sitting seven points adrift from safety.
So their next manager had to be one who would not find managing in the division a culture shock, and one with a proven track record.
Nigel Adkins fits the bill perfectly. He managed Southampton in the Championship last season, leading them to promotion alongside Reading.
The players will respect his record, and he will have the backing from the owner to accomplish the goal. With Adkins at the helm and a healthy financial state, Reading will be the favourites to bounce straight back to the Premier League if the inevitable happens.
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