Nigel's football philosophy
The boss is keen to play attractive football and has immediately set about implementing his strategy at Hogwood Park.
Manager Nigel Adkins has pledged a passing mentality in his team. "I want us to pass the football, I want us to win games, I want us to enjoy everything we do.
"We will work hard, we will be structured, we will be organised and everyone will pull in the same direction. I know that's something that has been demonstrated in the last few years at Reading anyway.
"It's a change, we need to keep building on the things that are good. I want us to pass the football without fearing of losing it, our teams have notoriously done that, we look to score goals, and look to control games.
"Those changes don't have to wait until the summer and we've started now. You can’t do everything in one go, but we do need to make some changes to what I want. Gradually we introduce them so that they can take it on board. Sometimes you put the change in and it does take a little bit of time, you need a period of time to that bed in and become more proficient."
Nigel and assistant Andy Crosby have held a number of discussions with both players and staff, recalling, "We were all in a room together, I've done a presentation and we got a good interactive talk going. That's what I wanted. I've got a lot of belief, there's an inner belief amongst the players, you can see the camaraderie, the spirit, they work hard. They've traditionally worked hard. Now what we have to do is galvanise ourselves. It’s an 8 game season, what we've got to do is work through one game at a time.
"The players were very close with Brian, he was very successful here at Reading – but we've all moved on. I’m in charge now and we've got to be together. The reaction we've had on the training ground and in the meeting this morning was very good, very interactive, which is what I wanted. Everything was very, very positive today.