It’s not often we see Gareth Ainsworth give a lot away with regards to his future hopes, but comments published today might sow seeds of panic among Blues supporters. They shouldn’t, though – not yet anyway. He’s not jumping ship but has appeared to express his support for Rob Couhig’s proposed investment in the club.
Speaking to The Totally Football Show, Gareth said:
“I’m really happy at Wycombe, they’ve been so good to me. But of course, I’m ambitious. I want a club that has ambitions to play in the Championship, to be as high as they possibly can.”
With suggestions that he might be in the frame for the Lincoln job popping up here and there – he is a hero at Sincil Bank, after all, so it makes sense – he also touched on that:
“I’m ambitious. I want a club that has ambitions to play in the Championship, to be as high as they possibly can. I know Lincoln City have got that ambition. What the Cowleys have built in their time there – it’s just awesome.”
He goes on to reassure Wycombe fans in a way, although he quite openly states his desire to manage at a higher level (which shouldn’t come as a surprise):
“My immediate future, I’m okay. I’m happy at Wycombe. But I just have this burning desire to to manage and test myself at higher levels. If somebody did come knocking, I’m sure that the Wycombe fans would understand that’s it’s decision time. I want Wycombe to be up there, but at the moment, we have the ceiling, this financial ceiling at the club.”
That last line about the financial ceiling is the key one. Tell me I’m reading too much into it if you like, but I personally think it’s pretty obvious what he’s getting at: we need this investment. If not, it’s fair to say we stand to lose Gaz sooner than we ought to.
Make of the comments what you will, but while some of them may be a little concerning, I don’t think there’s any need to hit that panic button yet. And if this helps get Rob’s bid over the line* then it will have been worth it. Let’s wait and see…
*To reiterate yet again what I keep saying: unless the deal looks absolutely awful, we have to vote ‘Yes’.
You can read the full interview here.