Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth is the latest name to be linked with the role of replacing Jack Ross at Sunderland.
Geoff Doyle, Radio Sports Editor of BBC Three Counties, has reported that Wycombe have given the 46-year-old permission to speak to Sunderland about taking over at the Stadium of Light, as they won’t stand in his way after all he has done for the club.
Ainsworth’s first foray into management at Wycombe came when he was the caretaker manager for 10 games in November 2012, before he was promoted to player-manager, a role that lasted another 32 games, as per Transfermarkt.
Since hanging up his boots in 2013, Ainsworth has so far been manager of the club for 335 matches, getting Wycombe promoted from League Two in that time.
It is a sign of how far the club have come under the former Queens Park Rangers player, that they currently sit second in League One – four points and four places above Sunderland.
Ainsworth has shown he can build a team that is able to compete at the top of leagues, while also displaying the leadership to get over the line and secure promotion.
There may be concerns for some over the fact he hasn’t had a full-time role at Championship level or above, but it is difficult to see many better options for a club in League One at this moment in time.
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