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Nigel Adkins turns attention to promotion after becoming Sheffield United manager

3 June 2015

Nigel Adkins is the new Sheffield United manager – and he has immediately turned his attention to winning promotion from Sky Bet League 1.

Adkins replaces Nigel Clough at Bramall Lane, who departed following a Play-Off semi-final defeat to Swindon Town, which came after a fifth-placed finish in 2014/15.

He has signed a three-year deal and will be assisted by Andy Crosby, while Dean Wilkins has been appointed first-team coach.

The former Reading boss is the club's third permanent manager in less than two years, but the remit remains the same and that is to return the Blades to the Sky Bet Championship.

“We know League 1 is a massive challenge but we will be looking to get promoted," Adkins said.

"They narrowly missed out in the Play-Offs and we've been given the opportunity to build on that. It is a slog and a grind and you have to get through it by working hard and being united."

Good morning @SUFC_tweets exciting to be travelling up to Sheffield today and checking out our training facilities and new Stadium pitch.

— Nigel Adkins (@TheNigelAdkins) June 3, 2015
Adkins, 50, has a proven track record of achieving the Blades' aim having twice guided Scunthorpe United to the Championship.

He also led Southampton from League 1 to the Premier League with successive promotions.

“We’ve done it three times before, got promoted out of League 1, and so of course we can draw on those experiences, of course,” Adkins added, when speaking to The Star.

“There are no givens, no absolute rights and nobody is going to say, ‘Sheffield United deserve to go up’ so let’s just let them do that.

“We know first hand that’s not how it works. But we also know what can be achieved.”

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