Adkins responsible for turning around Southampton’s season

Nigel Adkins has been named as the successor to Alan Pardew at Southampton and immediately has been handed the task of getting their League One promotion challenge back on track.

Southampton were the pre-season favourites to win League One, but a dreadful start where they have collected just four points from five games has seen them in the relegation places and they are now 4/1 to be crowned champions.

Adkins has left his position at Championship side Scunthorpe to take the post and is extremely hopeful that things can be turned around quickly.

He told the club website: “I’m really looking forward to this fresh new challenge and I’m very optimistic of where we can take this football club.

“I hope the supporters are looking forward to watching their team go out and winning games of football in the right style.”

Southampton have lost all three games under the stewardship of Dean Wilkins since Pardew was sacked a month ago and are already eight points adrift of joint league leaders Peterborough and Carlisle.

Adkins has signed a three-year deal and brings with him long-serving assistant Andy Crosby.

Southampton are one of four teams to have played a game less than the rest of the division and could take advantage of their game in hand when travelling to the MK Dons on Wednesday.

They are 6/4 to take the three points, while the home side are 11/8 to heap more misery on the Saints and potentially condemn them to the foot of the table on goal difference.

On the positive side, Southampton did win their away fixture against the MK Dons 3-0 last season, while they also won on their travels 1-0 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

A repeat of last season’s 3-0 win is 25/1 . See the whole MK Dons vs Southampton match betting market.