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Nigel Adkins’ appointment as Charlton boss gets seal of approval from Chris Gunter

Chris Gunter has welcomed the appointment of Nigel Adkins as Charlton Athletic’s new manager.

The Wales international worked with Adkins at Reading.

And now the pair are reunited after Adkins was appointed as Lee Bowyer’s successor at the South London club last Thursday.

Gunter told Valley Pass before Saturday’s 2-2 draw at AFC Wimbledon: “I’m pleased to see him come in. I really enjoyed my time when he was manager at Reading.

“First of all he was a really good person. He likes to get to know his players, asks your opinion and takes real care of you as a person – which is always nice.

“His footballing side was very good, training was really enjoyable and the detail he gave – you took that into games as well. He was really thorough. We’ll all benefit from his experience.”

Adkins has won four promotion in his career – including successive ones with Southampton as they reached the Premier League. He also twice guided Scunthorpe into the Championship.

Gunter said: “You look at the jobs he has done in the past – in this league and above – it is something we can really buy into and kick on now.

“We’ve gone well, then not so well and then quite well again. We do things in little patches, it seems. We could have had more points. You’re always greedy with that.

“We’ve known for a while that if we’re going to finish in the top six and do what we all want then we’ve got to win games between now and the end of the season.

“Having seen the fixture list it is still in our hands. As a player that is all you ever want. It’s a really good opportunity and one we should all be excited about.”


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