Adkins has signed a two-and-half-year deal with the Addicks and took charge of this morning’s training session following Bowyer’s resignation on Monday.
Charlton owner Thomas Sandgaard has targeted European football within a decade and Adkins has experience of taking a club through the divisions, having guided Saints from
from League One to the Premier League with back-to-back promotions between 2010 and 2012.
He was sacked and replaced by Mauricio Pochettino at St. Mary’s in January 2013, and has since managed Reading, Sheffield United and Hull City in short spells.
Sandgaard said: “I believe Nigel is the perfect personality, with the perfect background and the perfect experience to get us to where we want to be. Both Nigel and I want us to playing football in the Premier League and I can’t wait to see us there.”
Adkins said: “It’s a really exciting opportunity for me – something that has happened very quickly. I’m really pleased to be here and am looking forward to meeting the players and getting started.
“I had a conversation with Thomas and he highlighted where he wants this club to go. It’s an exciting and long-term vision. Getting to the Premier League is something that we all want and something that I have done before. I want to achieve that again.
“The team got a great result on Tuesday night and now we need to keep driving on together, because we have got a chance of winning promotion this season.”
Adkins was also twice promoted from League One with Scunthorpe United and saved Hull from relegation in 2018, although he was sacked after short spells at Reading and Sheffield United after leaving the clubs well adrift of their targets of the Championship play-off places.
The 56-year-old’s first match in charge will be a London derby at struggling AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
Caretaker manager Johnnie Jackson, Bowyer’s former assistant, won his only game in charge, with the Addicks coming from 2-0 down to beat Bristol Rovers 3-2 on Tuesday night to move into the League One top six.
Jackson’s own future is unclear and he could join Bowyer at his new club Birmingham City.