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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 November 2006, 15:25 GMT
Adkins wants permanent boss role
By Pete Oliver

Nigel Adkins
Adkins is very positive about the future
Scunthorpe United's caretaker boss Nigel Adkins is hoping to do more than just keep the manager's seat warm as the club considers a permanent replacement for Brian Laws.

Adkins moved into the dug-out following the departure of the long-serving Laws and assistant Russ Wilcox to Sheffield Wednesday at the start of November.

Since then Scunthorpe have won their only league game to stay second in League One and progressed in the FA Cup to earn a second-round tie at home to Wrexham.

And Adkins hopes his time in charge will ease the selection process at a club which has not had to pick a new manager for almost a decade.

This new role has really given me a spark

Nigel Adkins

He told BBC Sport: "The chairman initially said that he was looking at four to six weeks to see how the dust settles after Brian leaving.

"It's up to everyone to give the chairman time to make the right decision and the longer we go on winning games it allows him more time.

"It can't go on forever but four to six weeks was the timescale and we are trying to continue the good work done by Brian and Russ Wilcox."

Chairman Stephen Wharton has already made it clear that a successful run of results under Adkins will make the caretaker a strong candidate for the manager's job on a permanent basis.

And it's an opportunity the 41-year-old would clearly like to take.

He said: "I have loved every minute of the last three weeks and this new role has really given me a spark.

"I have been at the club for 11 years, in which we have nearly gone out of the League and had two promotions, and so I have a strong affinity for the place.

"I also live locally so it's our football club and I will do what I can to support it the best I can."

Adkins worked closely with the Laws-Wilcox management team in his position as physio and goalkeeping coach.

Qualified to Uefa A coaching level, he had previously managed Bangor City and took the Welsh club into the European Cup after ending a playing career that started at Liverpool and then took him to Tranmere and Wigan.

A move back into management would seem a natural progression and with Wharton emphasising the value of stability at Glanford Park, Adkins could the right man in the right place at the right time.

He certainly believes continuity is they key to maintaining Scunthorpe's superb start to the season.

"Bringing in someone from outside of the camp at the moment who does not know the players could have caused uncertainty, so it has been beneficial," Adkins added.

Scunthorpe to be contemplating challenging for a place in the Championship is awesome

Nigel Adkins

"It could have gone two ways when Brian left. It could have gone pear-shaped, but we are trying to continue the things that were put in place beforehand and we have managed to do that.

"We are keeping the wagon rolling. We do have some great players and it's about players, everyone should remember that.

"We also have a great spirit and we will keep playing in the same positive way and try and keep everything as positive as possible to keep progressing in the right manner.

Scunthorpe's exciting young strike force of Billy Sharp and Andy Keogh have captured many of the headlines in the Iron's emergence as promotion contenders.

But two players at the other end of the age scale have equally important roles to play with club captain Andy Crosby and veteran midfielder Ian Baraclough being asked to assist Adkins.

Adkins enjoys his relationship with the duo and the new-look set-up is working well. If it continues promotion will be a serious possibility and the chairman may not have a decision to make.

"I have said that if we can stay in the hunt by the January transfer window we will have a great opportunity of getting promoted, Adkins added.

"And for a club like Scunthorpe to be contemplating challenging for a place in the Championship is awesome."



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