Nigel Adkins returns to football management for the first time in two years when he takes over Charlton after Lee Bowyer left the soaring League One team to join the Birmingham championship fighters
- Charlton Athletic confirms the appointment of Nigel Adkins as its new manager
- The former boss of Hull City has signed a two and a half year contract with the club
- Adkins says he looks forward to doing his first workout on Thursday morning
- Adkins’ appointment comes after Bowyer quit on Monday to join Birmingham
Charlton Athletic has confirmed the appointment of Nigel Adkins as the club’s new coach.
The former Hull City boss has signed a two and a half year deal with the Addicks and will have his first training session at the club on Thursday morning.
Adkins’ appointment comes after Lee Bowyer left the soaring League One squad on Monday to join the Birmingham championship fighters.
Adkins said, ‘It’s a really exciting opportunity for me – something that happened very quickly. I’m really excited to be here and look forward to meeting the players and getting started.
“I had a conversation with Thomas and he highlighted where this club is going. It’s an exciting and long-term vision. Getting into the Premier League is something we all want and I’ve done before. I want to do that again.
“The team achieved a great result on Tuesday night and now we have to keep riding together because we have a chance to win promotion this season.”
Lee Bowyer left Charlton Athletic on Monday to join the Birmingham championship fighters
Bowyer has replaced Aitor Karanka, who was fired from the Championship Club
Adkins has been unemployed since leaving Hull in 2019 – but is hoping to achieve the same level of success he had with Southampton between 2010 and 2013.
Adkins brought the Saints from the Premier League to the Premier League between 2010 and 2013.
Charlton owner Thomas Sandgaard believes Adkins is the “perfect” manager to get the club where he wants to be.
He said, “I think Nigel is the perfect personality with the perfect background and experience to get us where we want to be. Both Nigel and I want us to play football in the Premier League and I can’t wait to see us there. ‘
Sandgaard added, “What I do with all the building blocks I put in place is slowly increasing the likelihood that we will win games.
‘The rest of the action will be decided when the whistle blows and the game begins. All I’m doing inside, in the club’s infrastructure, and now with the new manager, is to increase the likelihood that we will end up in the Premier League. ‘