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Hull City appoint Nigel Adkins as head coach on 18-month deal

• Former Southampton and Reading manager to oversee training on Thursday• The 52-year-old replaces Leonid Slutsky, who left by mutual consentHull City have appointed Nigel Adkins as their new head coach on an 18-month deal.The former Scunthorpe, Southa…

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Sheffield United appoint Chris Wilder as manager after sacking Nigel Adkins

• Northampton manager leaves club after League Two title
• Adkins axed by Blades 11 months into three-year deal

Chris Wilder is to take over as manager of Sheffield United following the sacking of Nigel Adkins.

The Blades confirmed they had sacked Adkins 11 months into his three-year deal after he could only guide them to 11th in League One, eight points adrift of the play-off places.

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Sheffield United sack manager Nigel Adkins after just one season

• Northampton’s Chris Wilder to talk to Blades
• Club could finish only 11th in League One

Sheffield United have sacked their manager Nigel Adkins after just one season at Bramall Lane.

He is expected to be replaced by the Northampton manager Chris Wilder, who led his side to the League Two title and has been given permission by the club to talk to the Blades.

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Sheffield United appoint Nigel Adkins as manager on three-year contract

• Former Reading manager to succeed Nigel Clough
• Approach to Bradford’s Phil Parkinson turned down
Nigel Clough sacked after League One play-off failure

Sheffield United have appointed Nigel Adkins as the club’s new manager.

Former Scunthorpe, Southampton and Reading boss Adkins, 50, was unveiled as the Blades’ eighth manager in as many years at a press conference at joint club owner Kevin McCabe’s London office in Mayfair.

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Nigel Adkins sacked as Reading manager after 6-1 defeat to Birmingham

• Former Southampton manager was appointed in March 2013
• Reading are currently 16th in the Championship table
• Championship roundup: Birmingham 6-1 Reading

Nigel Adkins has left his post as Reading’s manager two days after the 6-1 thrashing by Birmingham that left the Royals in 16th place in the Championship.

A statement on Reading’s website on Monday afternoon confirmed that Adkins, who took over at the Madejski Stadium in March 2013, has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect.

Good morning Yes bad result on Sat. Read your messages reflecting over weekend. Embracing challenge to turn it around. WE can do it together

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QPR 1-3 Reading | Championship match report

• QPR defence has suddenly started leaking goals
• Reading’s Kaspars Gorkss harshly sent off

Seeking to cure the lack of goals that has dogged a promotion campaign sustained only by their tight defence, Harry Redknapp signed four strikers last month. Since the transfer window closed Queens Park Rangers have conceded seven goals in three games against their greatest rivals, earning just a single point, with a rampant Reading becoming the latest side to profit from their atypical defensive lapses.

“We’ve had a problem in terms of scoring goals, and in an effort to try to do something about that we’ve only succeeded in making ourselves more open,” said Kevin Bond, QPR’s assistant manager. “Where we had been dependable, we’re no longer dependable. We’re trying to score more goals, we haven’t succeeded in doing that, but we have left ourselves more open.”

Given their status as pre-season title favourites, QPR have become accustomed to teams arriving intent on defending in numbers and scoring from quick breaks or set-pieces, but Reading always had greater ambition than that. This, after all, is a team who arrived having scored three against Millwall, five against Blackpool and seven against Bolton, all within the last month.

As they threw men forward at every opportunity it was easy to see how they have overwhelmed lesser defences – a classification that suddenly must include Rangers – and there was a period early in the second half when they reduced the home side to a rabble.

Reading’s three goals were each humiliating in their own way, showing a terror of tackling, markers going missing and a clear disregard for closing down.

It took just 10 minutes for the rot to set in. First Jobi McAnuff, Reading’s right-footed, left-sided midfielder, found it far too easy to cut infield, then Adam Le Fondre found loads of space on the left, and finally Danny Williams was totally ignored as he ran on to the cross to score with a free header.

The second, in the 56th minute, was considerably simpler, McAnuff sending a corner to the far post where Alex Pearce headed in from close range. Two minutes later Garath McCleary collected the ball inside his own half and trotted forward, while in front of him the QPR left-back Benoît Assou-Ekotto backtracked wildly, before he spotted Niko Kranjcar making a belated attempt to close him down and shot brilliantly into the top corner from 30 yards.

Reading might have extended their lead, only for McCleary and Hope Akpan to misjudge straightforward final passes. “With us not looking as threatening as we want to, when we go two down the players probably think: ‘Wow, we’re going to find it hard to get back in,'” admitted Bond.

One of the January signings, Kevin Doyle, scored a scruffy goal after 20 minutes but QPR’s repeatedly reshuffled forward line largely disappointed, even after the Reading centre-back Kaspars Gorkss was harshly sent off for fouling Junior Hoilett in the 71st minute. The Royals, meanwhile, selected the same side for the seventh successive game, and looked all the stronger for it.

“That’s been a massive benefit,” said Nigel Adkins. “We’ve got a good formation, we’ve got a great spirit among the players, we know we can score goals. We’re just looking forward to the second half of the season.” Rangers, meanwhile, await the arrival of Ravel Morrison, and another reshuffle.

Man of the match Alex Pearce (Reading)

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Southampton’s attacking flair rewards the patience of Nigel Adkins

• Relief for Saints’ manager after QPR’s tame display• Adkins’ side dominated QPR right from the startNigel Adkins has a plan and he is sticking to it. This performance showed why. It also showed why Southampton are sticking with Adkins.In a match …

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Mark Hughes and Nigel Adkins go head to head in ‘el sackico’ | Paul Doyle

Queens Park Rangers and Southampton are at the bottom of the table and, having spent millions in the summer, their managers are under mounting pressureThis is not how it was supposed to be for Mark Hughes. When Queens Park Rangers escaped relegation on…

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Nigel Adkins confident both managers will survive QPR v Southampton

• ‘I don’t think the result will have any relevance whatsoever’• Saints vow not to curb attacking instincts in Saturday’s gameNigel Adkins feels confident he will remain Southampton’s manager even if they lose Saturday’s bottom-of-the-table match a…

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Nigel Adkins confident both managers will survive QPR v Southampton

• ‘I don’t think the result will have any relevance whatsoever’• Saints vow not to curb attacking instincts in Saturday’s gameNigel Adkins feels confident he will remain Southampton’s manager even if they lose Saturday’s bottom-of-the-table match a…

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Nigel Adkins predicts ‘relegation dogfight’ for Saints against Swansea

• Southampton manager says game is ‘massively important’• Adkins looks to change routine ahead of visit of Welsh sideNigel Adkins has billed his Southampton side’s fixture with Swansea City at St Mary’s on Saturday as “a relegation dogfight”, aware…

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Adkins remains upbeat ahead of Swansea match

• No need to talk about my position, says manager• Saints have picked up four points from opening 10 gamesNigel Adkins has spoken about the strength of his relationship with the Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese and their shared determi…

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The back or sack dilemma for chairmen at Reading, Southampton and QPR

Brian McDermott, Nigel Adkins and Mark Hughes are all in a precarious position as the men with the power of hire and fire decide whether to stick or twistBrian McDermott was invited to the pub last Wednesday for a drink with Reading’s owner, Anton Zing…

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Southampton’s Nigel Adkins fears sack before the weekend

• Club hierarchy discussed manager’s position on Tuesday• Saints lost eight of 10 Premier League games this seasonNigel Adkins is understood to be fearful that he will have lost his job before Saturday’s visit of Swansea City to St Mary’s following…

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Adkins fears sack before weekend

• Club hierarchy discussed manager’s position on Tuesday• Saints lost eight of 10 Premier League games this seasonNigel Adkins is understood to be fearful that he will have lost his job before Saturday’s visit of Swansea City to St Mary’s following…