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Nigel Adkins named new manager of Charlton

Former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins has returned to football.

Charlton Athletic have confirmed the appointment of Adkins as the club's new manager.

The former Hull City boss has signed a two-and-half-year contract with the Addicks and will take his first training session at the club on Thursday morning.

Adkins' appointment comes after Lee Bowyer quit the high-flying League One side on Monday to join Championship strugglers Birmingham.

Speaking of his appointment, Adkins said: "It's a really exciting opportunity for me – something that has happened very quickly. I'm really pleased to be here and am looking forward to meeting the players and getting started.

"I had a conversation with Thomas and he highlighted where he wants this club to go. It's an exciting and long-term vision. Getting to the Premier League is something that we all want and something that I have done before. I want to achieve that again.

"The team got a great result on Tuesday night and now we need to keep driving on together, because we have got a chance of winning promotion this season."

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