After 550 games in charge, Gareth Ainsworth has left Wycombe Wanderers after being announced as the new manager of QPR.
Gareth’s time as a Chairboy started in 2009 when he joined the club on a month’s loan before signing an 18-month contract with the Blues in February 2010. When Gary Waddock left Wycombe in 2012, Gareth was first caretaker manager before ultimately becoming manager of the club.
During Gareth’s time in charge, the club has dodged relegation from the Football League, gained automatic promotion to League One and, for the first time in its history, made it to the Championship, as well as FA Cup runs that fans won’t forget in a long time.
“These 500 games have brought some moments that have been really special, and not just on the pitch. It’s when players come to you and thank you for the part you’ve played in their careers. I won’t ever forget those moments.”
Gareth after his 500th game in charge
Off the pitch, Gareth has continuously supported local charities and organisations across Wycombe and is an ambassador for the One Can Trust. Gareth has also supported many local events, including the Christmas Light Switch On where he performed with his band in 2021.
Gareth’s love for the club, its history, and its supporters have been highlighted many times across his 11 years as a manager, with messages to fans who are unwell or families who have lost loved ones, as well as former players and managers too.
“I was really touched to hear from Gareth. For him to take the time to pick up the phone and offer words of encouragement was truly amazing. It actually brought tears to my eyes.“
Former Wycombe Player Len Worley in 2021
Gareth leaves the club and moves to Loftus Road along with assistant manager Richard Dobson and analyst Josh Hart. Club Legend Matt Bloomfield has agreed in principle to become the new manager of Wycombe Wanderers
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