Fans of the Wanderers have received an extra Christmas present with the news that Gareth Ainsworth has signed a new long-term contract to remain as manager.The 41-year-old guided the Blues to the top of League 2 at Christmas with an exceptional run of performances and results, which followed a successful survival mission against all odds at the end of last season.
Ainsworth’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of the current campaign but he has pledged his future to the club, signing his new deal just an hour before the Boxing Day clash with Luton Town.
He said: “I’m a very proud man to be manager of Wycombe Wanderers and I’m delighted to extend my contract to remain here for the foreseeable future.
“The people around me, including the chairman, staff and players, make my job a real privilege and I’m excited about the prospect of working with them for years to come to help take this club forward.”
Chairman Andrew Howard said: “Gareth is without doubt one of the most talented young managers around. We have a plan going forward and I feel he’s the best man for the job.
“He has earned the respect of everyone at the club and deserves the opportunity to lead this club in the coming seasons.”
Ainsworth’s association with the club goes back five years to his playing days, when he arrived on loan from Queens Park Rangers in November 2009 and later made the move permanent.
He played a pivotal role as club captain in the club’s promotion from League 1 in 2011, scoring 11 times in the process, and was then appointed to Gary Waddock’s backroom staff in a player/coach capacity.
The former Wimbledon man was appointed caretaker manager following Waddock’s departure in September 2012 and earned the right to lead the team on a full-time basis after an impressive run of form.
After steering the club to safety in his debut season, turning the club’s fortunes around having slipped to the bottom of the league in November, Ainsworth was rewarded with a two-year deal the following summer, and overcame difficulties on and off the pitch to attain survival on the final day of the 2013/14 season.