Is this proof that Gareth Ainsworth won’t be swapping Wycombe for Lincoln City?by Jack Kitson / 17 September 2019, 09:37Tweet
Gareth Ainsworth sent Wycombe fans into panic mode last week.
Not necessarily because he revealed that he had a “burning desire” to manage in the Championship, but because he was “open to everything” when it came to his future.
It didn’t help that the comments were made just after a vacancy had opened up at Lincoln City, a club Ainsworth enjoyed a two-year spell at in the 1990s. A 2007 poll saw him finish fourth in a list of the club's top 100 legends.
Ainsworth, the second longest-serving manager in England’s top-four tiers, has elevated his managerial status significantly over the past couple of seasons.
In 2018 he propelled Wycombe into League One. He successfully preserved their third-tier status last season, then up until a few days ago had looked down upon every other manager up at the summit of the division.
Ainsworth, like most managers who have been hotly linked with the Lincoln vacancy, ended up on the losing side over the weekend but he can still be found hovering around the 9/4 mark in the betting, behind frontrunner Michael Flynn.
Gareth Ainsworth...— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) September 16, 2019
"Thank you as always to the fans for backing me and my team, and I hope we can bring you many more moments to celebrate and be proud of in the weeks and months to come" ????#Chairboys pic.twitter.com/XyhPBM7ZK0
On Monday night Wycombe released a statement which was undoubtedly music to the ears of their previously concerned fans.
“Gareth Ainsworth says he’s excited at the prospect of leading Wanderers into a new era, ahead of the forthcoming vote on potential investment into the club from Rob Couhig.
“The Chairboys boss, who celebrates his seventh anniversary in charge next Tuesday, says he believes the club is more than capable of building on the fantastic progress which has been made over the past five years.”
In the same statement, the man himself spoke about his eagerness to continue to lead Wycombe on an upward curve, how proud he is to be the Chairboys boss, and his excitement at the journey his side are on.
He also ended with this line:
“Thank you as always to the fans for backing me and my team, and I hope we can bring you many more moments to celebrate and be proud of in the weeks and months to come.”
Cue sighs of relief from the Wycombe faithful.
The only concern is managers, like owners, can occasionally be prone to going back on their word. Just recently we saw Danny Cowley state his commitment to Lincoln only to then bag the Huddersfield job.
Obviously it’s incredibly difficult for employed managers to talk about other jobs. Anything they say will be meticulously analysed, but Wycombe supporters will hope that Ainsworth’s latest comments are proof that he’s not planning to swap jobs anytime soon.