Nigel Adkins is raring to go
Nigel Adkins is champing at the bit to get going as Royals manager as he begins to structure a single game focus.
“We've been out of work for a couple of months and you quickly start kicking your heels,” the new Royals boss said in his press conference yesterday.
“You’re used to being in football and I’ve got an energy and a vigour about myself and we’ve got the chance to kick on.”
And he’s not the only one desperate to get going. “Initially, after you’ve lost your job, you have a little bit of time out with your family. Now I’m itching to get back in, I have been for a while,” said Adkins’ assistant Andy Crosby.
“This is a great opportunity for me to come to a great club like Reading and work in the Premier League again.”
But Adkins admitted in his press conference that they would have to wait until the end of a naturally 'fragmented' week to really get in amongst their new group.
“We’ve got guys away on international duty at the moment, so it could be a bit fragmented, like a lot of football clubs are at the moment with players away.
“Some of them aren’t going to get back until Thursday afternoon and it’s a great challenge trying to put all that together. The sooner we get everyone back in and we get amongst them the better.
“Eamonn has done a great job in keeping the guys going during these two weeks and we’re looking forward to getting going.
“We’ve got a great game lined up against Arsenal at the weekend and we’re going to relish that. We’re all going to relish the challenge that we’re now faced with.”
A trip to the Emirates is a mouth-watering prospect for any manager and Adkins’ preparations start here.
“We’re at Reading, we’re all together, and we’re going to work very, very, hard. We’ve got to do what we do well – we have to continue to do that.
“Obviously over a period of time, there might be things we want to change. But right now, let’s not get away from what we do well. We’ll work very hard to keep improving on what we’ve got here.
“We’re going to take it one game at a time. We’ll put all our energies into this one game, do everything we can to go and win it, analyse it, put it to bed and then move onto the next.”