Nigel Adkins finally confirmed as Southampton boss
NIGEL Adkins has tonight finally completed his move to Southampton.
The former Iron manager has signed a three-year deal with the League One
club, where he will be joined by his assistant Andy Crosby.
Neither club has revealed the compensation figure agreed between the two
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clubs, but the Telegraph understands it is in the region of £200,000.
Adkins, who oversaw his final Iron match yesterday - a 2-0 home defeat
by Bristol City, is likely to be unveiled to the media tomorrow.
But he tonight revealed it was an 'honour' to be given the chance to take charge of the Saints.
"I am delighted to be the manager of Southampton," said the former Scunthorpe physio in a statement released by his new club.
"It’s a very proud honor 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.
"I’m really looking forward to this fresh new challenge and I’m very optimistic of where we can take this football club.
"We want to excite the supporters, because when this stadium is full I
am sure there is a fantastic buzz around the place, so I hope the
supporters are looking forward to watching their team go out and win
games of football in the right style."
Adkins was first linked with the Saints last weekend - and it has taken
an incredible seven days, and several swings in which way the situation
looked to be heading, before finally being drawn to a conclusion.
After yesterday's farewell showdown at Glanford Park, he called for matters to be resolved before the end of today.
Also quoted in the statement, chairman Cortese refuted claims Bournemouth's Eddie
Howe had been offered the chance to take over at St Mary's.
"Nigel stood out from the start," he said.
"He was at the forefront of my mind throughout the interview process,
and the only manager that we offered the job to, so I am extremely happy
that both Nigel and Andy have agreed to join us.
"Nigel has a strong record of developing players and strong beliefs on how the game should be played, in a fast attacking style.
"He is clearly an extremely loyal, ambitious and committed man who is a
very good communicator and mentor to players. I look forward to working
Scunthorpe have named Ian Baraclough as caretaker boss, in the wake of Adkins' exit.
For reaction to the news and a look back at Adkins' final match in charge of Scunthorpe, see Monday's Scunthorpe Telegraph.