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Adkins preparing for Championship

8 May 2013 15:00

Reading manager Nigel Adkins says plans for next season have begun as he looks to mount a successful return to the Premier League.

The Berkshire club were relegated to the Championship following a 0-0 draw with QPR in April, after just one season back in the top flight.

But Adkins stated that he has met with owner Anton Zingarevich and the club do not need to sell their top players.

"Now we know what division we'll be in, we can start to put in process our decisions for next season," Adkins said.

"We've had good conversations with the regime, the owner, and there's a lot of ambition about the football club. Since we joined we've known potential targets for each division.

"And in terms of players moving on, we will do the business that we want to do, that's the important message. We're in a position whereby yes we're in the Championship but it's a well-run club and whatever business we do it's because we want to do it.

"Like every club you cut your cloth accordingly, and players on X wages in the Premier League won't be on that in the Championship, that is prudent.

"We want to be successful, we want to be ambitious, and the way the club is at this moment in time, people who leave, we'll be allowing them to leave and we'll be making that decision.

"We don't have to sell, that's the important message."

While conceding achieving an immediate return to the Premier League will be difficult, Adkins feels the side are well positioned on and off the pitch to be successful.

"The division is tough, virtually every club in there has been in the top flight with big stadia and believe they should be in the Premier League," he added.

"Having experienced promotion, you know that going Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday you need consistency and players who can deal with injuries and suspensions, a squad that can cope.

"You've also got to be in position whereby if you get promoted you can sustain it and don't have to change everything. It's a big step up so you need your structure right and not have to change 25 players, it's gradual.

"You have to build, you might yo-yo for a little bit, realistically, but the infrastructure has to be right and we're on the right path with that."

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