Gareth Ainsworth has departed Wycombe Wanderers after over a decade in charge of the club as he moves on to QPR.
Ainsworth ends his tenure at Wanderers as the second longest-serving EFL manager after Simon weaver, who has been at Harrogate Town since September 2009.
The 49-year old won the League One play-offs in 2020 and promotion from League Two in 2018 and leaves Adams Park with the Chairboys 7th in League One.
It was an emotional morning at Marlow Road as Gareth Ainsworth and Richard Dobson said their goodbyes to the staff and players.
— Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) February 21, 2023
The former midfielder now moves to become QPR’s new boss with the Royals parting ways with Neil Critchley after he managed just one win in his 12 games in charge as the club sit 17th in the Championship.
Speaking upon his arrival at Loftus Road, Ainsworth – who played 152 times for the club between 2003 and 2010 – said: “This is all a little bit surreal.
“It has been a whirlwind two days and leaving Wycombe Wanderers was very tough because of the connection there. But this is QPR and when I spoke about something special forcing me away from Wycombe, this was pretty special.
“I loved my time here as a player and hopefully I can go on and love my time here as a manager as well.”
Ainsworth’s first match in charge will be against high-flying Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday, a game that Royals fans will hope can be the turning point in their season.