Report: Former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins in talks with Sheffield United

Bramall Lane Sheffield United

Sheffield United are reportedly interested in appointing former Southampton and Reading boss Nigel Adkins as their new manager.

Former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins could become the new Sheffield United boss, according to Sky Sports.

It has been reported that Adkins is in talks with the Yorkshire club over replacing the departed Nigel Clough.

The 50-year-old allegedly met with the United bosses on Monday and is a candidate for the managerial role at Bramall Lane.

Adkins is without a managerial job at the moment, having been sacked by Reading in December 2014 after 20 months in charge of the Royals.

Clough was dismissed by the League One outfit last month following a season in which they failed to get promoted to the Championship.

Under the Englishman in the recently concluded 2014-15 campaign, the Blades reached the semi-finals of the League Cup, but they finished fifth in League One and failed to gain promotion through the play-offs.

Clough replaced David Weir at Bramall Lane in October 2013 with United in the League One relegation zone.

The Blades finished seventh in the league table in the 2013-14 season and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

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