Adkins: McDermott convinced me to take Reading job

Nigel Adkins has revealed Brian McDermott convinced him about taking the Reading job.

Adkins was yesterday unveiled as McDermott’s successor and immediately promised to mastermind a miracle relegation escape.

The former Southampton manager initially rejected the job last week before performing an 11th-hour U-turn.

Adkins, 48, said: “I spoke with Brian and he told me the Reading fans are fantastic, the players are fantastic and that there is a great camaraderie and spirit around the place.

“He had nothing but good things to say about the club and will always be welcome back here. He is a top man.

“This is a great club. I was impressed when I met owner Anton Zingarevich. There is a stability here and I’m excited about the future.”

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