Reading: Takeover talk will not distract players says Adkins

Reading manager Nigel Adkins insists any uncertainty regarding a possible takeover is not being allowed to affect the Championship club's promotion push.

With new investment being sought off the pitch, the Royals' form on it has seen them move into a play-off place.

"We have a totally focused group of players," Adkins told BBC South Today.

"There's a saying that you're only as strong as your weakest link, but you'd find it very challenging to find a weak link at this club."

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We have a great chairman in Sir John Madjeski, and I know the owner Anton Zingarevich cares a lot about the football club

Nigel Adkins Reading manager

Reading have been looking for new investors for several months with majority owner Anton Zingarevich ready to sell up.

Current chairman Sir John Madejski owns 49% of the club and in December said that talks were ongoing with investors.

Adkins was unable to make any signings during the January transfer window but, crucially, managed to prevent any key players leaving and, with injuries clearing up, has benefitted from consistency of selection.

"In the last seven games we have kept the same team which helps because, since the Leeds game in September, we've had up to 10 players injured and every week we were changing the team for one reason or another," Adkins said.

"We're in a play-off position and have as good a chance as anybody.

"There's a smile on everyone's faces and the players are really working hard.

"The lads on the team know there's competition for places so when the players are on the pitch they're working hard, knowing if their standards drop there is someone waiting to take their place."

After winning three of their last four matches, Adkins was asked whether it was possible for Reading to catch second-placed Burnley - currently 10 points ahead.

"Who knows? [With] the history of our football club, who knows what we're capable of?" he said.

"Fair play to [league leaders] Leicester, it's going to be tough for anyone to catch them, but it's going to be exciting and interesting.

"We have a great chairman in Sir John Madjeski, and I know the owner Anton Zingarevich cares a lot about the football club, and they've been getting on with getting the future of the club right.

"We've not got involved with that, we've just focused on the team and getting results. They can get on with that side of it that they need to.

"Everyone has the same target, we want to get back to the Premier League.

"We have a group of players who are totally focused, we're not looking for any players to come in or go out and the important thing is everybody is working as a team, we are all strong together."