Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth is looking forward to a home game against relegation-threatened Gillingham at the weekend after two tough away fixtures against automatic promotion hopefuls, Luton and Barnsley.
The Chairboys went down 2-1 on Saturday in South Yorkshire to second-placed Barnsley after losing the previous week 3-0 at League One pacesetters Luton Town.
Saturday’s defeat leaves Wycombe in a comfortable mid-table position in what has been a season of consolidation in League One after achieving automatic promotion from League Two last season.
Ainsworth was keen to stress that the season wasn’t over and set the team the aim of looking up the table rather than over their shoulders as he continues to build and develop the club for the future, starting with a good performance against the Gills on their return to Adams Park on Saturday.
Speaking via the Club’s official website, he said “We want a good reaction against Gillingham, and it’s a game I feel we can win. We don’t want to be looking down the table; we want to build this team, and keep developing it so that we can progress towards something exciting in the future.”
Ainsworth is one of the EFL’s longest-serving managers and is a prime example of what clubs can achieve if they give their managers time. The Chairboys won promotion last year with a smaller budget than many of their competitors, and although tipped by many to struggle in League One, they sit in mid-table.
His brand of football might not be attractive but it is undoubtedly effective and keeping his side in League One will be just as much of a success as last year’s promotion.
Ainsworth’s humble, down to earth personality allied with individual skill and effort made him a fan favourite at many of the clubs he played for, characteristics that are now making him a popular and successful manager at Wycombe.