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Anton: 'Right for the club'

28 March 2013

Owner explains Adkins appointment

Owner Anton Zingarevich spoke openly to the media on Tuesday and explained the decision process he went through in getting Nigel - the right man for the job - in place as the new manager of Reading Football Club.

“It wasn’t a big list of candidates. I did all my prep work so I knew exactly who I wanted to get in and Nigel was at the top of that list.

“We went through the proper process – we didn’t want to rush into it. But at the same time Nigel was away for a while and we got it done it as soon as we could.

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“The manager I was looking for was neither a ‘Championship’ or a ‘Premier League’ manager – it was important to bring a manager in who can develop this club with me.

“The most important thing for me it to look after this football club. And I need help from the manager to be able to make this club successful.

“He is responsible for all matters on the pitch and the results we can achieve. Then I can help develop the club off the pitch.

“Nigel Adkins has all the criteria it takes to get us to the next level and help us establish ourselves in the Premier League.

“Nigel is the man for the job. It’s an important day for us, a really important appointment.”

The former Scunthorpe United and Southampton boss’ CV is an impressive one, boasting four promotions and Premier League experience in just six and a half seasons in total.

“I think he has all the right criteria, in terms of his CV and what he has been able to achieve,” Anton continued.

“And the attractive football that he likes to play was one of the key factors for me. It’s important for a manger to play attractive football - for the fans and for everyone who is involved.

“And once I got to know him, it became clear he is really good at player development, something I think we really need to be doing.

“People underestimate this team. I see the guys on the training ground and I think they can develop into better players.

Eight games to go in our Barclays Premier League season and, now, a new manager leading the club forward. The survival scrap starts here.

“We have a chance. We’re in the Premier League and there are eight games to go, eight winnable games.

“It’s a tall order but if you look back a couple of games, we had a good a chance of staying up. It changes.

“What is important is that we have these eight games. We have some tough games but we also have some games we think we can get a result from. As Nigel said, we will try our best.

“The belief is definitely there, the desire is there – we need a little more luck in terms of some decisions given against us - but I think we can definitely pull it off.

“I am confident. I think that we probably need to win five out of the eight but what is most important is the next game and trying to win that.

“We’ve shown this season we can win games by being more solid – we have beaten good teams both at home and away. This team can definitely win games, we just need to pull together and try to get over the line.”

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