League Two Wycombe Wanderers have rejected a Championship club’s approach to speak to boss Gareth Ainsworth, confirmed by their club website.

Wycombe’s sporting director Andrew Howard said, “Gareth is under contract with us and continues to do an outstanding job, and therefore we are fully focused on continuing the progress we are making with him in charge.”

Barnsley are the only side in the second tier without a manager after Paul Heckingbottom left to join Yorkshire rivals Leeds last week.

Former QPR midfielder Ainsworth, 44, has been Wycombe boss since initially being made player-manager in 2012.

Ainsworth, who captained the Chairboys before retiring in 2013, kept them in League Two on the final day of the 2013-14 campaign before leading them to the play-off final the following season.

Wycombe are third in League Two in the final automatic promotion place, and unbeaten in seven league games. Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth won the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month award for January.

Wycombe’s last game saw Adebayo Akinfenwa strike a late winner to cap a superb victory for the Chairboys in an enthralling topsy-turvy affair at Adams Park.

Marc Richards put the visitors in front inside two minutes when he reacted quickest to Scott Brown’s save, but before long Wanderers were in front, thanks to a superb low strike from Luke O’Nien and an instinctive finish from Craig Mackail-Smith.

However, Swindon hit back in the second half with an unstoppable free-kick from 35 yards from Matt Taylor, though the Chairboys felt they were harshly denied a third goal when Adebayo Akinfenwa’s header was ruled out for a push.

He’ll have felt justice was done then in the 89th minute, when Dominic Gape returned a corner to the back post and as the keeper missed it, Akinfenwa headed home his 15th goal of the season to win it.


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