Nigel Adkins Appointed New Southampton Manager

Steve Claridge by Steve Claridge / 13 September 2010, 08:14

Nigel Adkins has been appointed the new Southampton Manager on a three-year contract after he left Scunthorpe over the weekend, the two clubs are reported to have been haggling over compensation but a deal has finally been done allowing Adkins to head South. The Saints have been eager to appoint a new Manager for some time now after sacking Alan Pardew a couple of weeks ago, since then their form has suffered and Adkins now takes charge of a team in the relegation zone in League One.

Southampton started the season as the hot favourites to win League One and promotion is still the minimum requirement for Adkins, they have by far the strongest squad in League One and with the money they have spent they will be expected to be in the top two or three. The team are coming off a loss to Swindon at the weekend to leave themselves in the relegation zone, Adkins will want to turn their form around as soon as possible and he will be joined by his long time assistant Andy Crosby. The duo have done a brilliant job at Scunthorpe in recent years keeping them in the Championship for the past couple of years, they appear to have take The Iron as far as they can and the challenge of Southampton has proven too hard to resist despite the fact they are dropping down a League.

Last week Southampton approached South Coast rivals Bournemouth in a bid to speak to Manager Eddie Howe, the boss at Dean Court has built himself a considerable reputation in recent years and he went to St Marys for an interview. It must have been an attractive job for Howe but he rejected their advances to continue what he started at Bournemouth, that led Southampton to Nigel Adkins and they have finally got their man after lengthy negotiations. They are a no nonsense regime at Southampton theses days and Adkins will be well aware of what is expected of him, it will be promotion or bust for the Manager and he will need to hit the ground running on Wednesday when the Saints travel to the MK Dons.

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