The Sheffield United boss was only appointed in the summer as a successor to Nigel Clough, who was sacked after guiding the Blades into the League One play-offs.
Adkins oversaw several new signings coming into the club and early signs indicated that the top six was a realistic possibility once again – if not the top two.
At present the Blades are on a run of six League games without a win, a run which stretches back to the 20th October and Adkins must know that such a run is unacceptable.
His side shipped four at home to Shrewsbury Town last week before conceded a 95th minute equaliser at Barnsley on Saturday.
The ex-Southampton manager knows he needs results and fast, starting this weekend at home to Oldham in the FA Cup.