NIGEL ADKINS: Six things you probably didn’t know about the new Sheffield United boss

Nigel Adkins recites poetry to keep calm
Nigel Adkins recites poetry to keep calm

Much is known about Nigel Adkins, but here are a few things you might not know about the new Blades boss...

* Adkins recites the Dale Wimbrow poem The Guy in the Glass in order to control stress.

Sheffield United unveil Nigel Adkins as new manager

* The former goalkeeper has a degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Salford.

* He began his playing career at Liverpool, but never made any first team appearances.

* At the age of 23 Adkins broke his back in two places, an injury which curtailed, but didn’t end, his playing career.

* In 2007 he was named ‘Emergency Boss of the Year’ by The Sun after leading Scunthorpe to promotion.

* He is the only manager in the history of Southampton FC to lead the club to back to back promotions.