Nigel Adkins (left) with owner Anton Zingarevich. Zingarevich expects him to be more successful in the transfer market than Brian McDermott

Does the appointment of Nigel Adkins suggest Reading are already planning for relegation?

Former Southampton manager faces relegation fight but club may already be planning for the worst

The Sporting Week Ahead (23/03/13)

Today

Chris Hafa’ufia scores one of the Exiles' three tries

Round-up: Flood reigns over Exeter endeavour

Toby Flood booted Leicester up to second place in the Premiership when he landed four penalties as the Tigers edged Exeter 12-9 in a kicking contest in Devon.

Skipper George Skivington to stay with London Irish for three more years

Former England Saxons captain George Skivington has extended his contract with London Irish.

Gus Poyet turns down potential bonus of £1.5m at Reading to remain at Brighton

The manager held talks with the struggling Premier League side

Gus Poyet is the favourite

Eamonn Dolan backed to take Reading job full-time despite Gus Poyet talk

Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy says caretaker can keep Royals in the Premier League

Jessie J had her hair shaved off for Comic Relief, raising £500,000

Jessie J to headline AllStarz Summer Party in Reading this summer

Singer Jessie J has unveiled her first live date of the summer, months after disappointing fans by postponing her sell-out tour.

Gus Poyet has become frustrated by Brighton’s financial limitations

Gus Poyet on verge of Reading job as Brighton take £2m pay-off

Uruguayan has met with Russian owner and could be in place for Arsenal match

Gus Poyet saw his stock rise further with last weekend’s FA Cup win against Newcastle United

Gus Poyet emerges as favourite for Reading job amid reports Brighton manager has held talks

The Brighton manager's odds of replacing Brian McDermott have been shortened

Clockwise from top left: Nigel Adkins, Michael Appleton, Roberto di Matteo

Number of managerial sackings 'embarrassing' say LMA boss following sacking of Michael Appleton at Blackburn

Richard Bevan accuses football of becoming 'arrogant'

12.	Michael Owen - £40.5m

Michael Owen - factfile

The former Liverpool and England striker has announced his retirement

Nemanja Vidic applauds United’s victory over Reading

Manchester United 1 Reading 0 match report: United happy winning ugly says Chris Smalling after 15 point gap opens up

United lead City by a huge margin with only a few games to go

The Sport Matrix: Monday 18 March 2013

Ireland scrape past Italians to claim first Grand Slam

Manchester United 1 Reading 0 match report: Wayne Rooney lifts low-key United to open up a 15-point gap

Reading seven points from safety as they fail to halt leaders' seeming stroll to 20th League title

Rio Ferdinand pictured in Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Chelsea

Premier League: Manchester United v Reading match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Old Trafford

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