Brighton boss Gus Poyet has opted to stay at the Championship club after rejecting the manager’s position at Reading.

The 45-year-old had been in talks with Reading about taking over from sacked boss Brian McDermott but had decided to finish what he started at Brighton & Hove.  

Poyet has transformed the Seagulls in to promotion contenders as they currently sit in 7th position level on points with Leicester. With automatic promotion likely to be out of their reach the play-offs represent their best bet. There is a strong chance that Reading and Brighton could swap leagues at the end of the season with Reading likely to be relegated from the Premier League. 

So with Gus Poyet out of the running for the Reading position, Nigel Adkins is rumoured to be the favourite to be the next manager.

Former Reading captain Adrian Williams is an admirer of the ex Southampton manager.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Williams said: "Nigel Adkins' CV is fantastic.

"I love the way Southampton played football.  He did his apprenticeship as a physio, became a manager and hasn't looked back.

"He is a calm individual and hugely respected. He is similar to Brian McDermott and the ‘Reading way’, but do Reading want to continue with that?"

Nigel Adkins will always be regarded as one of Southampton’s greatest managers leading them to back to back promotions from League One back to the Premier League, and with Reading wanting a manager back in the helm before their next league game against Arsenal, it remains to be seen if he'll jump straight back in to management.

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