The former Southampton boss sent a touching message ahead of the Vitesse Arnhem tie.
Indeed, the 50-year-old, now an avid social media user, took to Twitter to wish his former club all the best ahead of their Europa League tie against Vitesse Arnhem.
Adkins declared that a dream becomes reality with the Saints' European campaign kicking off and it was no doubt a dream he personally had when in charge of the South Coast side in the Football League.
But did the now Blades coach ever truly believe Southampton would go this far? Only he will know the answer to that yet, with the help of himself and many others, that's exactly what the Saints have done.
Southampton's managerial recruitment strategy has proven one of the most successful in recent years, not to mention their shrewd buying and selling of players.
Adkins' replacement Mauricio Pochettino seemed to do even better for the Saints, while current boss Ronald Koeman has been simply terrific so far. How will he manage in the Europa League with the St Mary's outfit?