Insight into manager's recordHave you renewed for 2013/14 yet? The deadline is this Friday, 28th June! Do it online at readingfcdirect.co.uk or by calling 0844 249 1871.
Royals boss Nigel Adkins has an excellent track record for getting teams promoted. After guiding League of Wales outfit Bangor City to back-to-back title wins and a League Cup Final in his first two years at the Farrar Road, Adkins went from strength to strength as a manager in English football, gaining four promotions in the space of just five and a half seasons....
Scunthorpe United 2006/07
In November 2006, Nigel led the Iron to two wins and a draw during his caretaker spell and was then handed the permanent manager position at Gladford Park.
His attractive brand of high-tempo, possession-based football soon saw the Scunthorpe fans excited for the rest of the season. United lost just three league matches that campaign and, after an Adkins-inspired 19-game unbeaten run, they ended the 2006/07 campaign as League One champions with 91 points. He had ended Scunthorpe’s absence of more than 40 years from the second tier. But, forced to sell his star striker Billy Sharp for a record £2million the following season, Scunthorpe’s stay in the Championship was short-lived - though the support from the Iron fans continued to ring out.
Scunthorpe United 2008/09
Adkins then showed his ability to take a relegated side back up to win promotion. He took Scunthorpe to Wembley twice in 2008/09, once for the Football League Trophy final and secondly to take his team back up with a 3-2 play-off final win over Millwall.
Adkins proved he was capable of a survival fight the following season, keeping Scunthorpe's heads above water and securing their status in the second tier. In this campaign, Adkins' Iron drew twice with the Royals - 1-1 at Madejski Stadium in December before United came from 2-0 down to snatch a late draw at Glanford Park.
Soon after his Scunthorpe side beat Brian McDermott's Reading at Madejski on the opening day of the 2010/11 campaign, he replaced former Royals boss Alan Pardew at Southampton on 12th September 2010. In the final two months of the 2010/11 season, the Saints won nine of their last ten to secure automatic promotion back to the Championship with a 3-1 win at Plymouth on 2nd May 2011.
In the process, his Saints side achieved a club record number of clean sheets, previously set by at 19 by a defence marshalled by Peter Shilton in the early 80s.
After signing a new four and a half year contract and in his first full season as Southampton manager he earned a successive promotion, returning the south-coasters to the top flight.
That success included a win against Hull on 29th November which saw the club earn its 21st consecutive home win and set a new record, levelling Bill Shankly’s 40-year-old record for consecutive home wins whilst in the top flight with Liverpool.
Southampton occupied a top two position from start to finish that season and sealed promotion the Barclays Premier League with a 4-0 win over Coventry City on the final day of the season – back-to-back promotions for Adkins.
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