Reading sacks Nigel Adkins amid Championship struggles

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Following relegation from the Premier League two years ago, Reading clearly has ambitions of a return to the top flight, and things haven’t gone as planned.

A seventh-placed Championship finish and this year’s subsequent struggles in the lower division have seen Reading let manager Nigel Adkins go just 10 days before Christmas, the club announced in a statement.

Following a 6-1 defeat to Bournemouth this past weekend that slumped the club to 16th in the Championship table, Reading decided to clean house, letting Adkins go along with assistant manager Andy Crosby and coach Dean Wilkins.

“Following this weekend’s 6-1 defeat at Birmingham, the board feel that a change in Manager is necessary, with the club 16th in the Sky Bet Championship,” the statement read.

“The Club met with Nigel in person today and we would like to place on permanent record our thanks to him for his hard work and diligence since his appointment in March 2013.”

Despite the low position, the club remains just 10 points off the promotion playoff, but they’ve lost six of their last 10 league matches, and also find themselves out of the League Cup. Adkins was manager of Southampton for three seasons, taking them from League One up to the Premier League before finding himself out of a job midway through his first top-flight season. He was signed by Reading before last season, and saw them finish 7th in the Championship last year, just missing out on the playoff.

The firing of Adkins is the 27th managerial change in English football, already reaching the full season total from the previous campaign.