Nigel Adkins is attempting to be the first manager in Premier League history to keep a team up after taking over this late in the campaign.
After harshly being sacked at Southampton two months ago he now steps back into the Premier League, one week after reports suggested he initially rejected a deal with Reading. He says former boss Brian McDermott talked him into taking the job, to mastermind a miracle escape.
Adkins told reporters: "I spoke with Brian and he told me the Reading fans are fantastic, the players are fantastic and that there is a great camaraderie and spirit around the place.
"He had nothing but good things to say about the club and will always be welcome back here. He is a top man.
"This is a great club. I was impressed when I met owner Anton Zingarevich. There is a stability here and I’m excited about the future."
Adkins, who has signed a three-year deal, continued by saying: "I have come to Reading because I want to manage in the Premier League. We have to believe we can stay up.
"We are going to scrap and give it everything we have.
"There is a group of players here who have unbelievable spirit and I know that can go a hell of a long way.
"We have eight games to go which we believe are winnable. We have to dare to dream that we can accumulate the required number of points to stay up."
Reading sit in 19th place in the Premier League with 23 points from 30 games, seven points adrift of 17th placed Aston Villa. The Royals travel to Arsenal this Saturday, and host Adkins' former club Southampton just seven days later, which will prove to be a crunch clash.
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