Adkins vows to lift Blades

03 June 2015 03:36:25 EST

Nigel Adkins is determined to succeed at Sheffield United after being announced as the Blades' new manager.

The 50-year-old former Scunthorpe United, Southampton and Reading boss succeeds Nigel Clough at Bramall Lane. Clough was axed last month after his side lost to Swindon Town in the League One play-offs.

Adkins, who has won promotion from League One on three occasions, twice with Scunthorpe and once at Southampton, will be assisted by Andy Crosby, while Dean Wilkins will be United's first-team coach. Adkins has been handed a three-year contract by the club.

There is so much to be excited about with Sheffield United.

Nigel Adkins

"We all know where we want to be," Adkins said. "Supporters, staff and players, we all want exactly the same thing and that's for Sheffield United to succeed.

"If we're all pulling in the same direction then we've got a much better chance of doing that - if we're all working off the same page.

"There is so much to be excited about with Sheffield United. I know first-hand what the ground can be like when there's a momentum behind it and the crowd are really on song.

"It's up to us to produce the type of football that makes the fans, who are the lifeblood of every club, feel the exactly the same way and ensure our ground is the cauldron I know it can be."

Bradford City's Phil Parkinson and former Brentford boss Mark Warburton had also been linked with the vacancy.

Sheffield United are 1/1 to finish top of League One next season, while Swindon can be backed at 1/1, Gillingham at 1/1 and Burton Albion at 1/1.

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