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Gareth: My job is to lead Wycombe back up

Boss speaks to Mark Clemmit for the EFL podcast.

19 May 2021

Gareth Ainsworth says he's determined to give Wanderers fans another shot at the Championship, as he prepares for life back in League 1 in the 2021/22 season.

Speaking to Mark Clemmit for the EFL's official podcast, the Blues boss said: "After 46 games you are where you deserve to be, and ultimately we were just a couple of points away from staying up. But I always gave my best so I can't really look back and say I should've changed this player or these tactics.

"There was no R next to our name until the final kick of the final game of the season, and we can take pride from that. The efforts from everyone were great. I'm gutted that the fans couldn't see Championship football, but it's my job to get us back there.

"As we came off at the Riverside Stadium (after the final game at Middlesbrough), the feeling was real excitement for next season. We'd taken Middlesbrough to the cleaners. We're a much better team than we were at the start of the season; we learned a lot, we started slow but finished like a train. With one more game, we might have survived.

"The fans coming back is something I'm so excited about. I wake up every single morning and tell myself how lucky I am. I'm a football manager, I've played football all my life, and soon we're going to have the fans back in the ground, right behind us again."

Listen to the full podcast here.

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