Adkins is new boss at Blades.
SHEFFIELD United have appointed Nigel Adkins as the club's new manager. The former Scunthorpe, Southampton and Reading boss was unveiled as the Blades' eighth manager in as many years at a press conference at joint club owner Kevin McCabe's London office in Mayfair.
Adkins has signed a three-year contract and replaces Nigel Clough, who was sacked along with his six-man coaching staff nine days ago following the play-off semi-final defeat to Swindon. Andy Crosby has been confirmed as assistant manager and Dean Wilkins as first-team coach.
Adkins, out of work for just under six months after being sacked by Reading in December 2014, said his "end-goal" is promotion to the Premier League.
He has a proven track record, having twice guided Scunthorpe to the Championship and led Southampton to successive promotions from League One to the Premier League in 2012.
Bradford boss Phil Parkinson and out-going Brentford manager Mark Warburton had been linked with the job.
The Blades had an approach to talk with Parkinson turned down and it is understood they were not willing to trigger the get-out clause on the Bradford boss's contract.