Nigel Adkins appointed new Charlton manager on two-and-half-year contract

Nigel Adkins joins Sky Bet League One side Charlton, his first managerial role since leaving Hull City in 2019; Addicks owner Thomas Sandgaard said: "Both Nigel and I want us to playing football in the Premier League and I can't wait to see us there"

Charlton owner Thomas Sandgaard says the process of looking for a new manager 'softly started' some six-to-eight weeks ago and explains why Nigel Adkins was a good fit

Charlton have appointed Nigel Adkins as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Lee Bowyer left the Sky Bet League One club earlier this week to replace Aitor Karanka as Birmingham City manager.

Under caretaker manager Johnnie Jackson, Charlton came from two goals down to beat Bristol City 3-2 on Tuesday night to move into the play-off places.

While reaching the Championship is the Addicks' aim, owner Thomas Sandgaard is hopeful Adkins can eventually steer the club to the Premier League, having secured back-to-back promotions from League One to the top tier as Southampton boss between 2010 and 2012.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Charlton Athletic and Bristol Rovers

"I believe Nigel is the perfect personality, with the perfect background and the perfect experience to get us to where we want to be," Sandgaard told the club's website. "Both Nigel and I want us to playing football in the Premier League and I can't wait to see us there."

Adkins added: "It's a really exciting opportunity for me - something that has happened very quickly. I'm really pleased to be here and am looking forward to meeting the players and getting started.

"I had a conversation with [owner] Thomas (Sandgaard) and he highlighted where he wants this club to go. It's an exciting and long-term vision. Getting to the Premier League is something that we all want and something that I have done before. I want to achieve that again.

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"The team got a great result on Tuesday night and now we need to keep driving on together, because we have got a chance of winning promotion this season."

Adkins, 56, also earned two promotions with Scunthorpe before taking charge of Southampton in 2010. He was sacked by the Saints in January 2013 and replaced with Mauricio Pochettino.

Spells at Reading and Sheffield United followed, while he left his most recent role as Hull City manager in the summer of 2019 after saving them from relegation in 2018 and guiding them to a mid-table Championship finish a season later.

Sandgaard added: "What I am doing with all the building blocks I am putting in place is slowly increasing the probability that we will win games. The rest of what happens is decided when the whistle is blown and the game starts. Everything I do on the inside, the infrastructure of the club and now with the new manager is to increase the probability that we'll end up in the Premier League."

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