Nigel Adkins named Reading boss

Nigel Adkins is keen to draw a line under the past after being appointed as Reading’s new manager. The 48-year-old has signed a contract until summer 2016 to replace Brian McDermott at the Madjeski Stadium, returning to football after a two-month break.

He was surprisingly sacked by Southampton in January despite securing back-to-back promotions and will now lock horns with his old side in a battle for survival.

Reading are in a more perilous situation than the Saints — they are second bottom and seven points shy of safety — but meet Adkins’ old club in his second game.

A trip to Arsenal comes first, though, and Adkins wants to forget about the past.

Speaking for the first time since he left Southampton, he said, “I’ve not made any comments since I left Southampton and I want to take the opportunity to thank all the people there.

“I thank the fans, the players and supporters. We were on a fantastic journey but we have to move on.

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