Wycombe boss linked with vacant Preston gig

          Ainsworth to break hearts and remain in the Championship?

          2021/05/01 17:04
          Connor Andrews

          The second-longest serving manager in the country, Gareth Ainsworth, may be set to end his eight-year tenure at Wycombe Wanderers, with the soon to be relegated Championship manager hardly batting away links to his former club Preston.

          Wycombe are all but mathematically relegated despite showing plenty of fight in their first-ever season in the second tier, and Ainsworth, who previously looked set to beat Phil Parkinson to the Sunderland hot seat, may finally make a move after close to a decade at Adams Park.

          The 47-year-old was a regular for a number of EFL sides as a player throughout a storied career, but had particularly long spells at Wycombe, QPR, Lincoln and Preston, the latter of which is now on the lookout for a new manager.

          Preston parted ways with long-time head coach Alex Neil in March, and have seen an upturn in form under interim manager Frankie McAvoy, but now betting has been suspended on who will take the full time role, with Ainsworth doing very little to distance himself from it.

          "The betting is not always right by the way, but again, flattered to be linked. I know conversations have been going around but for me, no, nothing new to say,” said Ainsworth.

          "But again, all I can say is I'm flattered to be linked with such a huge club and one of the originals - with what's happened in the last few weeks these facts have come out now.

          "Preston were one of the founder members and what a history they've got, but again I'll say that Wycombe is a fantastic club to be at and the diplomatic answer will have to stay I'm afraid.

          "QPR, there has been links in the past and it is these ex-clubs that you really have that feeling for and that passion for. And yeah it would be, of course, who wouldn't be interested in the Preston North End job?

          "But at the moment I'm very happy as Wycombe Wanderers manager and like I say, two huge games to go and I really want us to leave our mark in the Championship, if it's time for us to leave."

          Wycombe sit three points from safety after their win over Coventry and Derby’s loss to Swansea today, but Wanderers are as good as down, needing an 11-goal swing on the final matchday.

          Preston, on the other hand, look set to end the season on a high; closing in on a top half finish after an impressive 2-0 win over play-off side Barnsley today.

          Gareth Ainsworth
          NameGareth Ainsworth
          Born1973-05-10(47 -yrs-old)
          Job RoleManager


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