Adkins focused on more silverware

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Nigel Adkins is hoping his Midas touch as a manager can continue when he leads Scunthorpe out for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final with Luton on Sunday.

The 44-year-old former physio has enjoyed a fruitful two and a half years in charge at Glanford Park, steering Scunthorpe to the League One title in his first season and overcoming relegation from the Coca-Cola Championship to guide them back into the play-off places this season.

"I like to think that I have always had success as a manager and long may that continue," he said.

"I won trophies as a Sunday league manager and I won league titles with Bangor. I also took Bangor into Europe where we played in the UEFA Cup, which was fantastic.

"Sunday will be a very proud day for me as it is a big occasion for everyone at the club.

"It is our first major final and it means a lot to us all, the players, the chairman and the 12,500 fans that we are taking. It's a very special occasion and we're looking forward to it."

Adkins, who served on the club's medical staff for eight years before becoming manager, believes his side's achievements are also a lesson for clubs that try to live beyond their means.

The former goalkeeper has built his young squad on a limited transfer budget given to him by long-term chairman Steve Wharton, designed to fit in with the relatively low crowds that Scunthorpe attract.

But rather than bemoan the lack of finances available, Adkins believes Scunthorpe are reaping the rewards of Wharton's prudence.

"With our finances we have to live within our means," he said. "That becomes all the more remarkable when you consider all the success that we have had in the last four or five years."

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