Rewarded with bumper contract
Chairboys says chairman ‘knows how to manage people’
WYCOMBE boss Gareth Ainsworth admits he likes dealing with a chairman whose decisions ‘are not based on emotion’.
The 41-year-old is celebrating a five-and-a-half year deal this week, the longest anywhere in the Football League since the one handed to Alan Pardew at Newcastle in September 2012.
It is a due reward for a man who turned around a club on the verge of exiting the Football League to one that tops League Two.
The man who has pledged faith in the former QPR manager could not be more of a contrast to Ainsworth’s previous boss.
He cut his teeth or, more accurately, was left grinding them at the antics back at Loftus Road in 2008.
Erratic Italian magnate Flavio Briatore allowed cameras to film a set-up where madcap decisions ruled a club in disarray, with Ainsworth manfully trying to pull the disjointed ends together.
Now, with Andrew Howard leading Wycombe with a practical down-to-earth plan, Ainsworth is the happier with a chairman whose pragmatic business skills start with feet firmly planted on the ground.
A squad visit to Howard’s ice cream factory recently was a timely jolt that a life in football is
Gareth Ainsworth luxury compared to the lot of the working man.
The manager said: “We’ve put a few team-building things in place to remind them how lucky they are. This is life education, and although it’s 90 per cent football, the other 10 per cent is other things.
“Briatore and Andrew Howard? It’s worlds apart.
“Chairmen can be fans and their expectation levels are sometimes influenced by fans.
“Our chairman is a Leeds fan for a start. He won’t make decisions based on emotion. He’s a business man who knows how to manage people.
“Without him managing me, I don’t think we would be doing as well this season – and he doesn’t speak Italian.”
Ainsworth was reluctant to confirm his tenure at Adams Park, fearful it might detract from the business end on the pitch.
He added: “The boys know how long I’m here for.
“I don’t want to put added pressure on anyone at the club, but at the moment it’s all about the boys.”
Chairboy fans travelling to Mansfield for Saturday’s second away day on the spin, following last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Bury, are reminded it is all-ticket with no cash admittance to Field Mill on the day.
Without him I don’t think we would be doing as well this season – and he doesn’t speak Italian”
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