Wycombe reject Barnsley approach for Gareth Ainsworth

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 14 February 2018, 15:37

Barnsley have suffered a setback in their search for a new manager after Wycombe Wanderers rejected an approach from the Tykes for their boss Gareth Ainsworth.

Barnsley were left managerless last week after Paul Heckingbottom ventured over to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

Mick McCarthy, Danny Cowley, Grant McCann, Garry Monk, and Paul Simpson have all been situated in the top echelons of the betting at some point or another, while earlier this week St Mirren gaffer Jack Ross was installed as the new favourite for the job.

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However, the latest developments reveal that Barnsley had in fact set their sights on Wycombe’s Ainsworth who is currently attempting to lead his troops up to League One.

The Chairboys have enjoyed a superb run of form of late, accumulating a whopping 19 points from their last seven fourth-tier matches, which has propelled the 3rd-placed club into the automatic promotion places, as they bid to return to League One for the first time since 2011/12.

Ainsworth has been in charge of Wycombe since September 2012, making him the fourth longest-serving manager in the top-4 tiers of English football. It’s not known whether he’d be tempted to jump up the league ladder into the Championship, but given the position of both Wycombe and Barnsley the clubs could both be in the same division next season.

A statement on the Wycombe website said:

Wycombe Wanderers have rejected an approach from a Championship club to speak to Chairboys boss Gareth Ainsworth in relation to their managerial vacancy.

Wanderers’ sporting director Andrew Howard said: “Gareth is under contract with us and continues to do an outstanding job, and therefore we are fully focused on continuing the progress we are making with him in charge.”

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