Former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins has been appointed manager of relegation-threatened Reading, replacing Brian McDermott who was axed by the Premier League club two weeks ago.
Adkins, sacked by Southampton in January, has signed a three-year deal, the club said in a statement on its website (www.readingfc.co.uk) on Tuesday.
He faces the task of keeping Reading in the Premier League. They are second-bottom in the table and seven points adrift of safety with eight games remaining.
"Adkins is the right man for Reading," the club statement said.
"He comes to Madejski Stadium with great experience, a winning mentality, the ability to develop and improve players - especially youngsters - four promotions on his CV and excellent knowledge of the ... Premier League."
Adkins's dismissal by Southampton was a shock because they had lost just twice in their last 12 Premier League games.
He joined the south-coast club in 2010 and oversaw back-to-back promotions from League One (third division) and the Championship (second division) to take them back to the top flight for the first time since 2005.
A string of Premier League managers rallied behind Adkins to condemn the decision with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson saying it was a "crazy world".
Reading were in the market for a new manager since they parted company with McDermott on March 11 following four consecutive Premier League defeats.
They have since lost to Manchester United and face a difficult trip to Arsenal in their next Premier League game on March 30 followed by a match at home to Adkins's former club Southampton a week later.