Adkins as Southampton manager in 2011
|Full name||Nigel Howard Adkins|
|Date of birth||11 March 1965|
|Place of birth||Birkenhead, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He played as a goalkeeper for Tranmere Rovers and Wigan Athletic. He finished his playing career and began his successful managerial career at Welsh club Bangor City before spells at Scunthorpe United and Southampton where he led both clubs to promotion. His tenure at St Mary's was noted for taking the Saints from League One to the Premier League in successive seasons.
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Adkins began his career at Liverpool but he was released without playing a first team game. In 1983 he joined Tranmere Rovers and made 86 league appearances in three years. In 1986, Adkins transferred to Wigan Athletic, the club where he spent the majority of his career. Between 1986 and 1993 Adkins played 155 league games for Wigan. He suffered a double spinal fracture at the age of 23, which curtailed his career. Adkins joined Bangor City as player-manager in 1993, making 95 league appearances and guiding them to consecutive promotions before leaving the club in 1996. Adkins subsequently retired from playing at the age of 31, having made 336 league appearances in a 13-year career. Following his retirement from playing, Adkins graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in physiotherapy and joined the physiotherapy department at Scunthorpe United.
Adkins began his managerial career in 1993 as the player-manager of Bangor City in the League of Wales where he won the championship in the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons, before departing in February 1996.
Adkins was appointed caretaker manager by Scunthorpe United chairman Steve Wharton in November 2006, following the departure of the previous manager, Brian Laws. After his spell as caretaker he was appointed as permanent manager on 7 December 2006. As Adkins had been promoted to the manager's seat from the role of club physiotherapist, Scunthorpe supporters chanted "Who needs Mourinho, we've got our physio!" on the terraces of Glanford Park in his honour.
Adkins guided Scunthorpe to promotion from League One to the Championship with three matches to spare on 14 April 2007, and they went on to seal the divisional title to end an absence of more than 40 years from the league's second tier. The Sun newspaper named Adkins the "emergency boss of the year" in an article that looked at the match winning average of replacement bosses in the 2006–07 season following the departure of the previous manager.
Scunthorpe were relegated from the Championship the following season, but returned via the League One play-offs in May 2009, playing at Wembley in consecutive months, having played Luton Town in the final of the Football League Trophy on 5 April. They struggled once again in the higher division, but this time avoided relegation by finishing 20th and being five points clear of Sheffield Wednesday – the last relegated club.
Adkins joined Southampton on 12 September 2010, after the Saints and Scunthorpe United agreed a compensation package. Adkins signed a three-year contract, and was joined there by his former assistant at Scunthorpe, Andy Crosby. He gained his first victory in charge in his third game winning 1–0 at Sheffield Wednesday, with Lee Barnard scoring the only goal. The good start to his tenure continued and he guided Southampton into the play-off part of the table for the first time in League One on 2 November 2010 after a 4–0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge. After this result, the club joined the League One promotion rush, which was expected of them at the start of the campaign, and before the slow start. On the clubs 125th anniversary match, Adkins saw his side beat Peterborough 4–1. This was the sixth home win in a row, the best home form for the football club since 1992. Adkins guided his team into the top two for the first time since being relegated, after a 4–0 win over Exeter City on New Year's Day 2011 and managed a victory against Premier League opposition in Blackpool just one week later, taking his side into the 4th round of the FA Cup. Just three days later it got even better as he led his side to a 6–0 win away to Oldham Athletic and in the process recorded their fifth straight victory. During Adkins' first transfer window at the club, he secured the contract of highly rated winger Adam Lallana for a new 4 1⁄2-year contract. He signed winger Dany N'Guessan on loan from Leicester City, and signed Jonathan Forte on a 3 1⁄2-year contract from Adkins' former club Scunthorpe United. Under the guidance of Adkins, the Saints achieved a club record of clean sheets in one season. Beating the previous record of 19 set by Peter Shilton in the early 80s. Adkins guided his side to promotion into The Championship after a 3–1 home win against Walsall on 7 May 2011, earning his third Football League One promotion in his managerial career. He also got acknowledged by the footballing authorities as he won the League One Manager of the Month for April 2011 after winning seven of the eight games that month and putting Southampton on the brink of promotion.
He then broke a 12-year hoodoo of not winning on the opening day of the league season by beating Leeds United at St Mary's 3–1 and send them straight into second in the Championship. In the process, he also broke a record by leading Southampton to seven consecutive league wins for the first time in their history. Two subsequent away wins, against Barnsley (1–0) and Ipswich (5–2) kept Southampton top of the Championship. The club record of consecutive league victories extended to 10 after a 1–0 win at home to Millwall. They suffered a minor blip in their next game, a 3–2 defeat at Leicester City but bounced back winning 3–1 in the second round of the League Cup at Swindon Town. Adkins then guided The Saints to two successive home wins in a week; 3–2 over Nottingham Forest and 4–1 against Birmingham City. The Saints continued their remarkable start to the season and only lost two of their opening seventeen games. Despite a wobbly period around Christmas time, Adkins guided Southampton to a twelve-game unbeaten run which kept them in the top two. Saints finally secured promotion to the Premier League on the final day of the season beating Coventry City 4–0 at St Mary's, in front of a club-record crowd. Adkins was the first Southampton manager to gain back-to-back promotions and kept Southampton in the top two all season.
Adkins took charge of his first Premier League match as Southampton manager on 18 August 2012, losing 3–2 away to reigning champions Manchester City despite being 2–1 up with 18 minutes of the game remaining. His first top flight win came on 22 September 2012, beating Aston Villa 4–1 at St Mary's Stadium.
After much speculation over his future, on 18 January 2013 it was confirmed that Adkins had been sacked and replaced by former Espanyol manager Mauricio Pochettino. As Adkins and Southampton were unable to agree the terms of his compensation package, Adkins commenced legal action for breach of contract in March 2013.
On 26 March 2013, Adkins was appointed manager at fellow Premier League club Reading in succession to Brian McDermott who had been dismissed a fortnight earlier. His first game in charge ended in a 4–1 defeat away to Arsenal on 30 March 2013. Adkins could not stop Reading from being relegated, and they started the 2013–14 season in the Championship. On 15 December 2014, Adkins was sacked following his side's 6–1 defeat to Birmingham City and leaving them 10 points behind a play-off place in the Championship.
Sheffield United ended the season in 11th place, their lowest league position since 1983, eight points from the play-offs. Because of this, Adkins was sacked on 12 May 2016.
- As of match played 8 May 2016.
|Scunthorpe United||6 November 2006||12 September 2010||199||83||44||72||41.7|||
|Southampton||12 September 2010||18 January 2013||124||67||25||32||54.0|||
|Reading||26 March 2013||15 December 2014||80||29||20||31||36.3|||
|Sheffield United||2 June 2015||12 May 2016||54||22||14||18||40.7|||
Adkins is married and has two children.
As a manager
- League of Wales: 1993–94, 1994–95
- Welsh League Cup runner-up: 1993-94
- Football League One runner-up: 2010–11
- Football League Championship runner-up: 2011–12
- Football League One Manager of the Month: February 2007, April 2011
- Member of the Welsh Premier League Hall of Fame.
- Winner of the final quarter of the Castrol LMA Managers' Performance table 2010–11 season
- Nigel Adkins plays mind games as Scunthorpe steel themselves for second crack at City this season – Times Online
- "Having a Ball", Times Higher Education, 24 November 1995
- "Laws takes over as Sheff Wed boss". BBC Sport. 6 November 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- Scunthorpe appoint Adkins as boss – BBC Sport
- Nigel Adkins works wonders as Scunny make the most of little money – The Sport Blog; The Guardian newspaper
- Nigel Adkins – Adkins diet just the tonic for united Scunny – SoccerLens
- Adkins hails Sharp as Iron go up – BBC Sport
- Who Needs Mourinho? – The Sun
- "New First Team Manager Appointed". Southampton F.C. 12 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
- "Man City 3–2 Southampton". BBC Sport. 18 August 2012.
- "Southampton 4–1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. 22 September 2012.
- "Southampton manager Nigel Adkins reciting 'The Man in the Glass'". BBC Sport. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- "New First Team Manager Appointed". Southampton F.C. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Adkins sacked as Southampton boss". BBC Sport. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- Percy, John (13 March 2013). "Nigel Adkins takes Southampton to tribunal in bid to resolve feud with Nicola Cortese". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "Nigel Adkins confirmed as Reading manager on three-year deal". The Guardian. London. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
- "Nigel Adkins: Reading sack manager after 6–1 defeat". BBC Sport. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- "Adkins appointed". Sheffield United F.C. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
- "Chris Wilder: Sheffield United 'set to appoint' Northampton boss to replace Nigel Adkins". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
- "Managers: Nigel Adkins". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- "Hall of Fame: Nigel Adkins". S4C. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- Adkins presented with Castrol award – LMA. 22 July 2011