Adkins plans for promotion push

  • Last Updated: May 11 2013, 14:03 BST

Reading manager Nigel Adkins will use a weekend away from the dugout to scout players he believes can help him achieve immediate promotion back to the Barclays Premier League.

Nigel Adkins: Planning for next season
Nigel Adkins: Planning for next season

The Royals play their last home game of the season when they welcome Manchester City to the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening but Adkins plans to remain active over the course of the weekend.

The former Southampton manager admitted on Friday he had "crammed 48 hours into 24" in his search for new recruits to his squad ahead of a tough npower Championship campaign next year.

The club have already been linked with a number of players, including Motherwell midfielder Chris Humphreys, and Adkins admits he will not be putting his feet up and watching the Premier League results roll in on Sunday afternoon.

"It's not a clear weekend at all," he said.

"It is a great opportunity for us to review one or two targets for the summer. At this stage of the season the recruitment side of things kicks in at all football clubs and that'll be no different with ourselves.

"There are plenty of games throughout Europe for us to go and watch with the targets that we have got."

With a number of targets in place, the Reading squad could look very different at the start of next season to the one inherited by Adkins when he replaced Brian McDermott in March.

Captain Jobi McAnuff, top goalscorer Adam Le Fondre and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy have been linked with moves away from the Berkshire club but Adkins will not be divulging any transfer plans as he targets a successful season and an immediate top-flight return.

"Of course whatever we do, we do privately," he added.

"There'll be lots of speculation about players coming in, players going out - but we'll do our business as privately as we can, not getting involved in speculation.

"Our objective is to get a squad of players next season that will be hungry and harbour a desire to cope with the demands and challenges of the Championship, so that Reading can ultimately get back in the Premier League.

"It has been really beneficial to be here for five weeks and look at the squad of players we have got.

"Every club will look to evolve the group of players they have got but what has been demonstrated is that we have got a hungry group of players who all want to be working hard for Reading."

Achieving promotion on the back of falling out of the Premier League is no mean feat but Adkins believes the stability of keeping the staff and majority of the experienced players in place can only help his side.

"Some teams have bounced straight back," he said.

"I'm sure there are many factors that get involved, from our point of view all we can do is focus on the stability of the football club.

"There is a togetherness and a cohesive unit, we have a focus and a desire - I certainly have, that is where I want to manage and the players have been made aware of the objectives for next season."


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