Reading manager Nigel Adkins has been sacked last night after 20 months at the Championship club.  Adkins, 49, was the Southampton manager until January 2013; he was appointed as the Royals manager in March 2013, and the heavy 6-1 loss away to Birmingham on Saturday was his last game in charge of the club.   Prior to Southampton, he was the manager of Scunthorpe.

The Royals have been on a poor run this season; after nearly clinching a play-off place last season, and finishing an agonising 7th place in the league, they have been in poor form losing nine out of their last fifteen games.

Adkins managerial record at Reading was poor, compared to his former clubs- Southampton and Scunthorpe.  He only won 29 out of his 80 matches at Reading, giving him a win percentage of 36%.  

His staff have followed him out the door at the Madejski, with assistant manager Andy Crosby and coach Dean Wilkins those axed.  

Adkins, took the job at Reading two months after he was sacked as manager of Southampton, after guiding them into the Premier league with back-to-back promotions from League One. Southampton are now high 5th in the Premier league! 

However, Adkins, the former Wigan Athletic goalkeeper, was unable to keep the Royals up last season, and now a year and a half later, they have plummeted to a disappointing 16th place in the Championship.  Reading were in good form at the start of the season winning four out of their first seven matches.  That form slumped, and they are now on a barren run, which culminated in the thrashing at St. Andrews, on Saturday. In the end the fans were calling for his head which ultimately cost him his job.  

After Reading’s change in ownership in September this year and decision to sell their over 30 players, they are now concentrating on bringing players through the youth.  The youth team had a stellar 2014, winning the Premier League Youth Cup and perhaps the team is in a time of transition with a lot of promising youngsters coming through the ranks, as opposed to the under-performing senior first team players.

Good luck to Steve Clarke, ex West Bromwich Albion head coach, who has just been promoted as Reading’s new manager.

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