All posts tagged with: Nigel Adkins

Reading Season Preview: Moore to stay?

With the 2018-19 Championship season coming up, The Football Lab spoke to Simeon Pickup (@SimFromBucks) from excellent Reading site The Tilehurst End . You finished 20th last season, 17 places lower than the 2016-17 campaign. Do you put the regression mainly down to bad man management, imbalanced recruitment, injuries or simply not as much luck?… Read more →

Reading Season Preview: Dutch courage

For a long time, Reading favoured safe but uninspiring British managers who led them to, well, safe but uninspiring positions. That changed last summer when they made a bolder choice in appointing Jaap Stam, a legend of the game but one with limited experience in senior management. After last season’s impressive third place finish, did fortune favour… Read more →

Impressive Iron

Manchester City are the only team in England averaging more goals per game than Scunthorpe United. Injury has meant they have been without one of the most natural finishers in world football – though Paddy Madden returned to Scunthorpe’s starting line-up on Saturday. After the Irishman’s calf injury in pre-season, many supporters held their breath at the prospect… Read more →

Sheffield United Season Preview: Basham is key

It simply wouldn’t be an English summer without the bookies naming Sheffield United as League One promotion favourites. The expectation has always been for the Blades to get out of that division and start moving towards a more natural placing, yet they have often failed to deliver. Why is that? The Football Lab spoke to Help Sheffield (@PhilVintin) about new manager Chris Wilder,… Read more →