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Chairboys Takeover: The Highlights!

Find out what happened when Gareth Ainsworth and Andrew Howard appeared on a Wycombe Wanderers special programme on Wycombe Sound.

27 June 2018

It was the show that crashed Wycombe Sound's feeds due to the demand to hear breaking Chairboys news - but last night's Chairboys Takeover lived up to expectation with a quartet of news items to kick off pre-season in style.


Details of manager Gareth Ainsworth and sporting director Andrew Howard's appearance on the show were made public with just a few hours' notice, following Wycombe Sound's generous offer of cutting short their Drivetime Show to dedicate an hour's airtime to the club.

Starting at 6pm, Ainsworth and Howard shared details of what their summer has held away from football, with the Blues boss enjoying breaks in Ibiza, Ireland and Norway while Howard continued his work with Beechdean's ice cream and motorsport businesses.

The pair, however, confirmed they had been in virtually daily contact in relation to transfer activity and preparations for the new season, resulting in the signings of Darius Charles and Ryan Allsop, and contract extensions for a number of existing players.

Ainsworth's first breaking news item came with the announcement of Andy Fairman's appointment as goalkeeper coach; Fairman has a wealth of experience with clubs predominantly in the north-west and was actually on holiday in the south of France when he received the call to attend an interview. He rushed back to England to meet the club's management staff, returned to his holiday, and later received the call to say he had been successful and would now fill the void left by Barry Richardson, who departed the club at Christmas.

The discussion moved on to the celebrations that marked the club's promotion to League 1 at the end of last season, and the key moments that shaped the season. Howard revealed his agony at not being present to witness the moment that Marcus Bean broke his goalscoring duck to cap an incredible 4-3 win against Carlisle in February, and while on the topic of the midfielder, Ainsworth confirmed Bean has signed a one-year contract extension.

That left one question surrounding the future of Joe Jacobson, and after joking that "we've sold him", Howard revealed that the left-back has penned a new two-year deal to remain at Adams Park.

Flooded with questions from listeners about any more potential incoming transfers, Ainsworth revealed that he is more likely to dip into the loan market closer to the season, being content with the core of the squad that achieved promotion, with those two additions so far.

Recent speculation about Ainsworth's future and links with other jobs prompted Howard to state the club's determination to keep the Blues boss at Adams Park, and the fourth breaking news item of the evening arrived with the revelation that Ainsworth has extended his contract for a further three years, taking him through to 2023.

The club would like to clarify that talks have also been held throughout the summer with Ainsworth's backroom staff, who have pledged their commitment to remaining with the club to continue the progress made so far.

At that point, Howard had to depart due to a prior commitment, so Ainsworth saw out the hour by tackling some listener questions, adding his own scepticism to the way that VAR has influenced the motives of some players at the current World Cup, stating that he believes England can make it to at least the semi-finals, and explaining how the forthcoming pre-season friendlies will be utilised to prepare his squad in the best manner possible for the season ahead.

Wanderers would like to thank the team at Wycombe Sound - particularly Keith Higgins, Luke Davis and Sam Avery - for their assistance with the show.

Click here to listen again to the show in full.

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