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New boss looks ahead

3 June 2015

Nigel Adkins says he is excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to become Sheffield United's new manager.

Speaking after being unveiled as Nigel Clough's successor at a press conference on Tuesday, the 50-year-old is looking forward to trying to win promotion from League One for the fourth time in his managerial career with a third different club.

Upon confirmation of his appointment, on a three-year contact, Adkins remarked: "First of all it was an honour to be asked to come and listen to what the owners have got to say about this fantastic Club.

"I know from my 14 years down the road at Scunthorpe what Sheffield United are all about; the fan base is phenomenal, they are passionate and proud of the Club's history

"For me personally, sitting at home watching the play-offs unfold in recent weeks just gives you that urge to get back in the dugout in the thick of the actions after a few months away, that buzz is irreplaceable.

"I want to be in the Premier League I have made no secret of that, but coming to a Club like this is a fantastic opportunity to achieve something really special, although we are under no illusions how difficult getting out of League One can be."

Adkins brings Andy Crosby and Dean Wilkins as his assistant manager and first-team coach respectively and he is confident the Blades will be able to handle the expectation of winning promotion, which comes with the size of the Club in his opinion.

He added: "Having done it twice with Scunthorpe and with Southampton I know that different levels of expectation within the division, but we are ambitious and it is our expectation to be successful.

"It is a big club and once I had the opportunity to listen to what they owners had, I just had a feeling it was the right time to get back into management, this is an opportunity that was too good to turn down.

"I am delighted to be able to bring Andy and Dean with me, we have been successful together previously and we are desperate to be successful here too.

"The pressure will be intense from day one, but if we are united as one throughout the Club then we have a big chance to move forward straight away."

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