Former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins was today appointed to take over from Brian McDermott as manager of Premier League strugglers Reading. With eight games to go and seven points adrift of safety, the likelihood of Reading avoiding relegation still appears slight.
Banking on an immediate reaction and a quick accumulation of a large quantity of points appears a tall task, even for a manager as talented as Adkins who was surprisingly dismissed by Southampton in January.
Adkins first game in charge will be a difficult trip to the Emirates Stadium against an Arsenal side pushing for a Champions League place, who will be buoyed by their impressive display away to Bayern Munich. His first game at home will see the visit of his old club to the Madejski Stadium.
The appointment in the long term is a good one and one that Reading owner Anton Zingarevich will need to invest patience in. However he has applied some pressure early on saying “"We have a good chance to stay in the Premier League as we have winnable games left." While that might be true, it’s the long term that Zingarevich needs to be looking at.
Realistically Adkins is the ideal man to bring them straight back up from The Championship if the likely brave relegation battle falters. However no one is admitting defeat at this stage and stranger things have happened. If Reading were to stay up at the expense of Southampton it would be the ultimate act of retribution. All though Adkins would be too decent to bask in the glory of such a scenario.