Nigel Adkins has begun a new four-and-a-half-year contract at Southampton.

Adkins, who left Scunthorpe to take over the reigns at St Mary's, signed the new deal in January and after guiding the club to promotion to the Championship at the first attempt, it has been announced he will now stay on the south coast until June 2015.

Executive chairman Nicola Cortese was pleased to retain the services of Adkins.

"I am delighted to be able to announce that Nigel has agreed to an extension of his contract. Ever since he arrived at the club, I have been convinced his understanding and passion for achieving my vision for the club matched my own, which is why I acted swiftly to secure his long-term services back in January," he told the club's official website.

Adkins, who replaced Alan Pardew, is pleased to have brought stability to the club.

"Nicola sold me the vision for what he wants to achieve at this football club before I came here and I share the same vision. By signing this long-term contract, it allows the club a great deal of stability which is vitally important for us to be able to achieve our goals in both the short and long-term future," he added.

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