Adkins eager to focus on Reading challenge not Southampton sacking

Newly-appointed Reading manager Nigel Adkins wants to move on from the circumstances surrounding his departure from Southampton earlier in the season and instead focus on keeping the Royals in the Premier League, Sky Sports has reported.

Adkins was sacked by the Saints in January despite having led the club to consecutive promotions out of League One, with former Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino appointed in his place. Adkins was this week drafted in to succeed Brian McDermott at the Madejski Stadium after McDermott was let go with Reading struggling on their return to the top flight.

But Adkins called for full concentration on his new role, adding that he is restricted from speaking about the way in which he left Southampton after taking up the case with the League Managers’ Association. Adkins added: “I’ve not made any comments since I left Southampton and I want to take the opportunity to thank all the people there. I thank the fans, the players and supporters. We were on a fantastic journey but we have to move on now.

I am pleased to be the Reading manager. We will take it one game at a time and try and keep this club in the Premier League. It’s a good club, I’ve been impressed with them and I’ve always known what sort of club it is. We’re in the Premier League and we want to stay there. I am excited.

Adkins’ first game in charge sees Reading travel to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium this weekend, while his first home match as Reading boss is the visit of his former club, Southampton, in April.

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