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Adkins on transfers

8 May 2013

Boss' plans for next season

Manager Nigel Adkins has a number of plans in place for next season, and has discussed transfers with owner Anton Zingarevich, Director of Football Nick Hammond and Head of Recruitment Steve Head.

The boss has been in place for six weeks now, and is looking forward to making his mark, not just on the players but across the club.

He said, "Now we know what division we'll be in, we can start to put in process our decisions for next season. We've had good conversations with the regime, the owner, and there's a lot of ambition about the football club. Since we joined we've known potential targets for each division.

"And in terms of players moving on, we will do the business that we want to do, that's the important message. We're in a position whereby yes we're in the Championship but it's a well-run club and whatever business we do it's because we want to do it.

"Like every club you cut your cloth accordingly, and players on X wages in the Premier League won't be on that in the Championship, that is prudent. We want to be successful, we want to be ambitious, and the way the club is at this moment in time, people who leave, we'll be allowing them to leave and we'll be making that decision. 

"We don't have to sell, that's the important message."

Looking back on our year in the top flight, he said, "The whole club has learned lessons from this season and we can use that to move forward in the future. The greatest lesson is that you've got to keep building on your success, don't just stand still.

"It's been a very successful period for the club over the last ten years. Now we want to 1) get back into the Premier League and 2) give ourselves a chance to stay there, maybe get to five years and then you can say you're established. The recent times here have been magnificent of course and it's about building."

On the rigours of the Championship he added, "The division is tough, virtually every club in there has been in the top flight with big stadia and believe they should be in the Premier League. 

"Having experienced promotion, you know that going Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday you need consistency and players who can deal with injuries & suspensions, a squad that can cope. You've also got to be in position whereby if you get promoted you can sustain it and don't have to change everything.

"It's a big step up so you need your structure right, not have to change 25 players, it's gradual. You have to build, you might yo-yo for a little bit, realistically, but the infrastructure has to be right and we're on the right path with that."

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