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Gareth Ainsworth wins Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month award

9 December 2016

Four wins from four league games in November have earned Gareth Ainsworth the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month award!

The Chairboys boss has turned around the club's fortunes, leading them into the play-off zone thanks to four consecutive wins in Sky Bet League 2 during the month of November, as well as overcoming Portsmouth in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup.

He saw off competition from Blackpool’s Gary Bowyer, Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson and Darren Sarll of Stevenage to claim the trophy for a second time, having also won the award in March 2015.

Ainsworth said: “It’s brilliant to be named Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month and I’m honoured to receive the award. We had four excellent league wins in November, including ending our wait for a victory away from home and conceding only one goal, and we hope to build on that with a good run now into December and over Christmas.

“It might be my name that takes the award but I have to recognise the efforts of my staff and all the players; they’ve won this prize. We’re together in everything we do and have a real team spirit, and I can’t thank them enough because they’ve been fantastic.”

After a promising start to November which saw Wanderers knock Portsmouth out of the FA Cup, they proceeded to record 2-0 home victories over Morecambe and Hartlepool United, with away wins at Cambridge United and Newport County sandwiched in between.

Those victories on the road brought to an end a nine-month wait for an away win and helped move the Blues into the play-off places.

Aaron Pierre missed out on the Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Month award after receiving a nomination following his two goals in the month of November, as well as playing his part in three clean sheets.

George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “After a difficult start to the season Gareth’s hard work has really paid off this month.  They had an impressive four game winning run, scoring seven goals and conceding only one.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “After a testing October with only two points picked up, Ainsworth turned Wycombe’s fortunes around to pick up four straight league victories in November.
“He is now the fifth longest serving manager in the country and has built a great reputation for himself in his time at Wycombe.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “Wycombe are now firmly in the promotion picture (15/2 to go up) and lie seventh in Sky Bet League Two after winning the last four games and maintaining a 100% win record in the month of November.”

The Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ EFL expert Don Goodman; EFL Marketing Director Drew Barrand, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.

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