Nigel Adkins is the manager of Sheffield United after signing a three-year deal at the club in June 2015. The affable boss had been out of work since leaving Reading in December 2014, following a crushing 6-1 defeat to Birmingham City.
It may not have worked out for him at the Royals, however the former goalkeeper is a tasty prospect given that he had previously led Southampton to back-to-back promotions from League One up to the Premier League.
Nigel Adkins was a goalkeeper in his playing days with stints at Tranmere, Wigan and Bangor City on his CV. Adkins also had a spell in charge of Bangor City as a player Manager before he moved into a career as a physio with Scunthorpe United. Adkins was appointed caretaker Manager at Glanford Park when Brian Laws left the club.
After Adkins was given the job on a full time basis, despite the fact he had very little experience at this level, he quickly endeared himself to the fans with a string of good results. The team were duly promoted from League One the same season winning the League in the process and enhancing Adkin's reputation in the process.
Scunthorpe were relegated the following season but once again bounced back at the first time of asking as Adkins continued to be one of the most impressive Managers in the championship. This did not go unnoticed as left Scunthorpe to join Southampton in September 2012 and once again he proved a success.
The Saints won promotion in Adkins' first season in charge at St Marys, and then followed that up by winning automatic promotion to the Premier League. They enjoyed a very impressive season in the Championship during the 2011/12 campaign, finishing one point behind Reading in second.
Reading were relegated under Adkins at the end of the 2012/13 season.