Nigel Adkins has been appointed manager of Reading till the summer of 2016, the club have confirmed.

Adkins will bring a lot of experience to the troubled Premier League side, hoping to turn their fortunes around to steer them to safety.

His first game will be against Arsenal which the Royals will be desperate for victory. 

After Gus Poyet rejected the chance to join the club last week, it was just a matter of time before the Royals got their man.  

Adkins signed his contract Monday evening and will be putting his new team through the pace in order to climb out of the bottom three.

Owner Anton Zingarevich told a press conference: "He has great respect within the game.

"His CV speaks for itself and he has many attributes as a manager, he is progressive, he develops players, his teams play attacking, passing football but most of all he knows how to win games at all levels.

"This is an appointment we have made both with the short and long term in mind and Nigel can take our club forward."

Adkins who takes Andy Crosby with him to Reading, expressed his delight to take-over the managerial hot-seat at the Berkshire club. He told reporters: "I am pleased to be the Reading manager.

"We will take it one game at a time and try to keep this club in the Premier League. It's a good club - I've been impressed with them.

"We're in the Premier League and we want to stay there. I am excited."

Adkins' first home game will come against his former club Southampton on April 6, which will be a vital game in the battle to survive the drop. 


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