Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth has confirmed he’s flattered to be linked with the vacant manager’s job at Reading, but is concentrating on his role at Wycombe.
Ainsworth is one of the Football League’s longest-serving managers, taking unfancied Wycombe to League One last season after finishing third in the basement division.
They’ve started relatively well this season in a division of heavyweights, which has prompted speculation he might be poised to take the next step in his managerial career.
However, the former Wimbledon and QPR winger is perfectly happy where he is for now.
“I am flattered to be linked with a Championship club like Reading and like any manager from the lower leagues, of course I want to manage at a higher level,” he told the Bucks Free Press.
“However, I am very happy to continue to be Wycombe manager and whether the links are hear-say or not, I am very happy to be here. I love being manager of this football club and I am hoping to continue here for as long as possible.”
The Chairboys are currently ninth in League one, just four points outside the play off chase.
This wouldn’t be the sort of move Reading fans would appreciate. Ainsworth is a likeable bloke and a great man manager, but his football is horrible at times.
He’s good at getting the best from a low-budget, but he’s very much one to spoil games, hold out for points and battle physically rather than skilfully.
There’s nothing wrong with that, he’s made a good stab of management with Wycombe, but his football wouldn’t be appreciated at the Madejski.