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Nigel Adkins axed by Reading


Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins

Reading have sacked manager Nigel Adkins in the wake of Saturday's humiliating 6-1 defeat at Birmingham.

Adkins, who took the reins at the Madejski Stadium in March 2013, leaves with the Royals in 16th position in the Sky Bet Championship following the heavy loss against Gary Rowett's men. The Royals have also confirmed the exits of assistant manager Andy Crosby and first-team coach Dean Wilkins.

A club statement read: "The board of Reading Football Club have this afternoon relieved manager Nigel Adkins of his duties. 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."

Adkins took over from Brian McDermott and presided over relegation from the Premier League before delivering a seventh-placed finish in the 2013/14 season.

However, results have been far more patchy this term, with the thrashing at Birmingham their worst league defeat in 15 years.