Wycombe Wanderers are thrilled to announce that manager Gareth Ainsworth has extended his contract to remain in charge of the club for a further three years.
The Chairboys boss is the second longest-serving manager in the country, having been appointed in September 2012, and overseen the club’s on-field progress during the turbulent transition into supporter ownership before successfully clinching promotion to League 1 last season.
Ainsworth penned a five-and-a-half year deal in December 2014 but his achievements have earned him a new contract which will run until June 2023, as sporting director Andrew Howard explains:
“Quite simply, Gareth is the perfect fit for Wycombe Wanderers and extending his contract here is a fantastic and important piece of business,” he said. “Everything about the club is moulded into the culture of hard work, humility, team spirit and ambition that he has instilled into his players and he is absolutely the right man to continue to take the club forward on the pitch.
“He’s still a relatively young manager and we as a board of directors are under no illusions that one day his future will lie at a higher level, but we are thrilled that he’s the manager of Wycombe Wanderers and are excited to see what the next chapter holds as we look forward to life in League 1.”
Ainsworth said: “Every day I am proud to be manager of this football club and I will always give everything I’ve got to improve myself as a manager and to take the club as far forward as we can. We know who we are, we know we’ll always be competing against bigger clubs with more money and more resources, but we’ve got something special here that gives you that buzz to want to see how far it can take us.
“I’m extremely grateful to the board for offering me this new contract and to the support of all my staff and players for getting right behind me from the day I walked through the door. I want to give a special mention also to the fans, who have backed me fantastically and I really appreciate all the support I’ve had from them. Now let’s see what we can achieve together next season,” he added.
Chairman Trevor Stroud said: “Gareth gets the best out of his players and it has been wonderful to see the progress that we have made over the past four years to enjoy success in the league and two lucrative adventures in the FA Cup.
“We strive for stability and sustainability as a supporter-owned club and Gareth gives us the best possible chance of continuing to punch above our weight, so we are thrilled that he’s agreed to extend his contract with us.”