Football: Who Needs Mourinho? We've Got the Physio! Coca Cola FOOTBALL LEAGUE All the Weekend's Coca-Cola Team News L. Orient V Scunthorpe, Today, Kick-Off 3pm

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Football: Who Needs Mourinho? We've Got the Physio! Coca Cola FOOTBALL LEAGUE All the Weekend's Coca-Cola Team News L. Orient V Scunthorpe, Today, Kick-Off 3pm


HE may once have been the physio but Nigel Adkins is Scunthorpe's version of Jose Mourinho - as he heads for his EIGHTH promotion as a manager.

Adkins is on course to be the Special One after a stunning run of one defeat in 20 league games that looks certain to end with him leading Scunthorpe into the second tier for the first time in 43 years.

The 42-year-old started the season dealing with bumps and bruises as the club physio until Brian Laws left for Sheffield Wednesday in November.

Now Adkins is dreaming of another promotion, after two championships with Bangor City and leading a Birkenhead Sunday team from the youth division to the premier division title in five seasons while he was a Tranmere player.

His amazing job at Glanford Park has resulted in arguably the best chant of the season, with Iron fans chanting: "Who needs Mourinho, we've got our physio!" But don't expect his mum and dad, Marian and Roy, to be turning up for the remainder of the season and putting the mockers on it!

Adkins, who takes his side to Orient today, said: "My parents have only been to one game since I took over and that was the one we lost! We got beaten at home by Blackpool. I'm not superstitious but they are, and they say they won't be coming again.

"But hopefully we can end the season as champions. We've had an inner belief since pre-season, when we won a tournament in Ibiza, that we could do something special here.

When Brian left we just tried to keep the continuity going and that's what we've done. I have been here for 11 years and although I had the title of physiotherapist I had been part of the management team. …

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