After a 22 year playing career, Wycombe Wanderers player-boss Gareth Ainsworth has announced that he will hang up his boots this summer reports BBC
39-year-old Ainsworth took over at the Bucks side last November and has steered the Chairboys from the foot of League Two to mid-table. If Ainsworth decides to pick himself this Saturday it will be his 600th career appearance.
After being released by Blackburn Rovers, Ainsworth started his professional career at non-league Northwich Victoria, but it didn’t take long for the midfielder to rise up the divisions.
Six years later, Ainsworth reached the summit of English football when he moved to Premier League side Wimbledon for £2M.
Unfortunately he failed to make an impact at the Dons and after a short stay in Cardiff he moved to Q.P.R in 2003 and stayed in west London for seven years.
In 2010 Ainsworth moved to Wycombe Wanderers and after 114 appearances for the Chairboys he’s decided to hang up his boots and concentrate on guiding the club to promotion next season.
“I’ve spoken to people who are close to me and everyone seems to think it’s the right thing to do,” he said.
“It’s better to go out on a high. Thank you to everyone who has ever shouted for me at every club I’ve played for. Its been a rollercoaster, but I wouldn’t change any minute of it for anything.”
Joint-Chairman Don Woodward told the club website: “It’s great to secure Gareth’s services and we are really looking forward to continuing to work with a young but passionate manager.”
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