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Sheffield United Sack Former Reading FC Manager Nigel Adkins

He's not so positive anymore.

The positivity peddling Nigel Adkins has been relieved of his role as Sheffield United manager, with Northampton boss Chris Wilder the favourite to succeed him.

The club statement read:

"A decision has been made by the board of Sheffield United for Nigel to depart immediately. Nigel is a gentleman and, as proved by his record, a very good manager, but the overriding aim is promotion from League One and the Club feels that this is the correct time to make a change.

"We will now begin the process of bringing in a new manager. We hope to make an appointment very shortly, with promotion from this division once again the priority. This is a decision made jointly between the co-owners and is the result of discussions between board members and colleagues.

"We sincerely wish Nigel and his backroom staff, Andy Crosby and Dean Wilkins all the best for the future."

Nigel did his best to big himself up in his accompanying statement:

I am proud and honoured to have been the manager of Sheffield United but saddened to leave after just one season. I am naturally very disappointed not to be able to continue the good work going on behind the scenes, which I am confident will be of benefit to the Club going forward. I wish the Club and the supporters the best of luck for the future."

And BBC Radio Sheffield report the club are set to appoint the Cobblers boss, who led his side to the League Two title, 'before the weekend'.

Not so positive anymore

Adkins, who had a successful spell with Southampton before being unceremoniously sacked in favour of Mauricio Pochettino, has not had a great time of things in his past two roles and has seen his reputation take a beating.

He was in charge of Reading for 80 games and saw his side pick up an average of 1.34 points per game. In his season at The Blades he's picked up 1.50, clearly not enough for a side that so craves promotion from League One.

If you've watched Sheffield United play this season, you'll likely have been struck by a severe sense of deja vu. His time at Reading was defined by there being no distinct style or personality on the pitch. The team neither attacked nor defended, press or sit back, play it short or play it long. As one of our editors, Will, puts it, "it was basically nothingness".

Sheffield United fans will be hoping Wilder can bring a bit of… something if he is appointed. And Reading fans are still waiting for it after seeing Clarke come and go and McDermott under the cosh.

Of course, even though Adkins reputation is tarnished and his positivity peddling is mind numbing, we'll never forget this gem: "The positivity of being positive is so positive."