Preston North End ‘may wait until the end of the season’ to appoint Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth.

The Sun on Sunday (11.04.21, pg. 67) reports that Preston might have to curb their managerial search until the summer.

The Lilywhites have been strongly linked with the appointment of Wycombe Wanderers boss Ainsworth, whose side remain at the bottom of the Championship table after a late surge in their almost impossible fight against relegation.

Alan Nixon writes how Preston will have a ‘better chance’ of landing the Chairboys boss in the summer once Wycombe’s fate is decided, with Preston having parted ways with Alex Neil last month.

Ainsworth would be a popular choice among fans – his long-term work at Wycombe is highly commendable and his side have fought bravely against some of the Championship’s big-hitters this season.

But Wycombe could be dropping back into League One and without their beloved manager, who’s likely to have a host of outside interest in the summer should his side succumb to their inevitable relegation.

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Preston find themselves in 16th-place of the Championship. They were thumped 5-0 at home to Brentford yesterday, dealing them their 11th Championship loss of the calendar year.

The club is in dire need of repair after some progressively worsening years under Neil. Ainsworth is a long-term manager and he’ll pick his next move wisely, but having been at Wycombe for so long already, him staying at the club shouldn’t be ruled out entirely.

Up next for Preston is a trip to Stoke City next weekend.