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Adkins finally unveiled as new Southampton boss

Southampton have confirmed the appointment of Nigel Adkins as their new manager. The League One club and Scunthorpe had spent the last few days discussing a compensation package for the 45-year-old, who will replace Alan Pardew at St Mary's.

Adkins, a former physio at Glanford Park before he became manager - twice leading them to promotion to the Championship - was always Southampton's first choice and he has now penned a three-year deal to work alongside trusted assistant Andy Crosby.

He said: "I am delighted to be the manager of Southampton. It's a very proud honour for myself, and Andy Crosby who is joining me as assistant manager, to join a club with such a big tradition.

"I'm very proud to have been given the opportunity by the chairman, Nicola Cortese, and look forward to taking the football club forward."

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