Nigel Adkins says his end goal is the Premier League after taking the reins at Sheffield United.
The former Southampton, Scunthorpe United and Reading boss was unveiled as the Blades’ new manager, signing a three-year deal.
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Adkins brought Andy Crosby and Dean Wilkins to the club as assistant manager and first team coach respectively.
And he quickly began talking about promotion as he met the media at press conference in London.
“We’re really excited by the challenge that is in front of us,” Adkins said.
“We’re in League One now and we’ve got to do everything we can to get out of it and look to keep building the football club forwards.
“It should be an exciting year in front of us.
“We know League One is a massive challenge having been there ourselves and we’ve got to be respectful of that.
“But obviously for our point of view and for Sheffield United we’re going to be looking at getting promoted this season.”
“Sheffield United have been in League One for a few years now. They narrowly missed out last season in the play-offs. From everyone’s point of view we need to get to the next level which is the Championship.
“The end goal is to get into the Premier League but it’s one step at a time.
“We need that infrastructure to get it right and we’ve got the experience to do that.
“First and foremost the priority is to give ourselves an opportunity to get out of the division.”
Adkins was sacked as Reading manager in December but he insists he has watched plenty of football to prepare himself for his next role.
He said: “We’ll look at everything that is in situ at the moment, look at the squad and see where we need to improve.
“We’ve obviously got our own ideas already because we’ve been watching a lot of football over the last five months. That’s been really beneficial from our point of view.
“We’ll assess the immediate situation to give ourselves the best chance of navigating ourselves through what is a very tough division as everyone knows. It’s a slog, it’s a grind and everyone has got to work very hard to get through it and for the end goal.
“There’s going to be ups and downs throughout the course of the season but if we can be united as a football club, we’ll give ourselves an opportunity come the end of the season to be where we want to be.”