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Cherries: Adkins compares Dean Court rivals with Liverpool
Published : 11 Mar 2011 07:00:00Rss feed
SAINTS boss Nigel Adkins has compared tomorrow's opponents Cherries with the great Liverpool side of the 1970s and 80s. Liverpool's famous boot room' policy of internal promotion of staff was a massive part of their success. Scouser Adkins thinks Cherries' decision to appoint striker Lee Bradbury as manager when Eddie Howe quit to join Burnley could reap dividends in the future. Adkins said: Great credit to Bournemouth for what they have done. The chairman there has done very well. It's akin to my old club Scunthorpe where he has been able to promote young managers and give them the opportunity to do well. He has done that with Eddie Howe and he has gone on and done ever so well and now the chairman has done the same with Lee Bradbury he has been promoted from within and is doing very well. I'm a big Liverpool supporter and that's why they were so successful they had that boot room philosophy. The staff were always promoted from within and that was one of the big reasons why they were very, very successful. The culture was right at the football club and they kept that stability going. If you have a successful formula you have to turn around and say if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. Adkins takes his promotion chasing side and 1,000 supporters to Dean Court for a match which could have a huge bearing on the outcome of the battle for a place in the Championship. Saints sit three points behind Cherries, but crucially have two games in hand. Adkins admits that despite more than a quarter of the season still remaining, the game will have a big impact on where Saints finish. He added: Both clubs could get promoted but we have still got a long way to go. We still have more than 13 fixtures which is more than a quarter of the season to go. It is great to see a Bourne-mouth side that nearly went out of existence doing so well over the past couple of years. They have a group of players who are all pulling in the same direction and that's why they are near the top of the league. Adkins has no new injury concerns for the top-of-the-table clash and is likely to recall defender Radhi Jaidi, who was rested for the defeat of Yeovil.