Defending crosses - Issue 17 (December 2011)
Nigel Adkins was announced as manager of Southampton in September 2010 – the appointment signalling the next stage of an incredible climb in the coaching side of the game, which started as club physio at Scunthorpe United.
Adkins was given the first-team manager’s job at United in November 2006 following the departure of Brian Laws, promptly guiding the club to the League One title.
Relegation and promotion from and back to the Championship followed before the club achieved their highest league finish for 40 years in 2009/10 season.
At Southampton, Adkins earned the south coast club promotion from npower League One last season, and is well tipped for further success this term, with his side at the top of the table going into the festive period. As a player, the 46-yearold starred in goal for Tranmere Rovers, Wigan Athletic and Bangor City.
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