Ex-Saints boss Nigel Adkins distances himself from WBA speculation

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Reading manager Nigel Adkins distanced himself from speculation linking him with the vacant manager's job at West Brom following his side's FA Cup exit at Brighton.

A 32nd-minute strike by Andrew Crofts sent the Royals diving to their fourth defeat in the last five matches as Brighton clinched a 1-0 win at the Amex Stadium.

former Saints boss Adkins felt speculation linking him with the West Brom job had simply come from bookmakers shortening the odds.

He said: "The bookmakers are covering themselves and this has come out of the blue. West Brom don't have a manager but all my focus is to try and improve Reading. All the energy and focus is to us.

"I wanted a good cup run but unfortunately a deflected goal has done us today."

If Adkins was appointed this week, his first game would be against Saints at The Hawthorns next Saturday.

Reading have only scored five goals in their last eight games and Adkins believes the club have no option but to be active in this month's transfer window if they want to have a successful second half of the season.

He added: "We've got a fantastic board and the chairman will do everything that is right for the club. We've got to let the board get on with it.

"We've got an opportunity to regroup and maybe get one or two in because our focus is to get promoted."

Adkins had taken his former Saints striker Billy Sharp on loan for the first half of the season, but the player has now returned to St Mary's where he is obviously out of favour.

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2:12pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Stnana says...

If he's at The Hawthorns next Saturday he'll be on his own as everyone else will be at St Mary's ! Billy, don't believe everything you read here, you're not out of favour with everyone at Southampton, the supporters wish you the best of luck wherever you go !
If he's at The Hawthorns next Saturday he'll be on his own as everyone else will be at St Mary's ! Billy, don't believe everything you read here, you're not out of favour with everyone at Southampton, the supporters wish you the best of luck wherever you go ! Stnana
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3:07pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Tony in Liberia says...

I'm not one for predictions, but there's no way WBA will appoint Nigel. Much as I love the guy, he isn't going to get them into the top ten of the Prem, any more than he was us. If he gets some luck with Reading he might get them back up, but they'll probably go straight down again. But I'll always wish him - and Billy - the best of luck wherever they go.

Maybe, if Rickie is injured and Dani banned, Billy might get a game if he's back .... I'd choose him over Tad Lee, that's for sure.
I'm not one for predictions, but there's no way WBA will appoint Nigel. Much as I love the guy, he isn't going to get them into the top ten of the Prem, any more than he was us. If he gets some luck with Reading he might get them back up, but they'll probably go straight down again. But I'll always wish him - and Billy - the best of luck wherever they go. Maybe, if Rickie is injured and Dani banned, Billy might get a game if he's back .... I'd choose him over Tad Lee, that's for sure. Tony in Liberia
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11:02am Mon 6 Jan 14

hedge end bob says...

It would be a great opportunity for us fans too show NIGEL our thanks for what he did for our club. It would also be an opportunity for Nigel to see the progress we have made since his departure and what it needs to manage in the best league in the world.
Three points is much needed Saturday and i am sure we will collect and start climbing the table again.
Reading Pompey in Spain on another topic, i would put money on it that if you went to AFRICA and lifted the tail on a female elephant. YOU WOULD NOT FIND A BIGGER VAGINA THAN HIM !!!. WTFILN.
It would be a great opportunity for us fans too show NIGEL our thanks for what he did for our club. It would also be an opportunity for Nigel to see the progress we have made since his departure and what it needs to manage in the best league in the world. Three points is much needed Saturday and i am sure we will collect and start climbing the table again. Reading Pompey in Spain on another topic, i would put money on it that if you went to AFRICA and lifted the tail on a female elephant. YOU WOULD NOT FIND A BIGGER VAGINA THAN HIM !!!. WTFILN. hedge end bob
  • Score: -1

4:41pm Mon 6 Jan 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Holloway to manage Millwall, how long will that last?
Holloway to manage Millwall, how long will that last? OSPREYSAINT
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