This is an obvious shout, but one that isn’t likely at all. Wycombe are on a real high right now and it could easily be argued that a move to us would be a step down for Gareth.
That wouldn’t change the fact he would be a great manager here. He’s proven his ability to switch styles with ease, exactly as Danny and Nicky did with us. He’s got a Wycombe side playing nice football right now, when in previous years they’ve been the kings of aggression and long ball. He’s a charismatic character too, someone who can sweet talk players into joining, just as our previous manager did.
Not only that, but he would arrive with a ready-made reputation and that could be important. Taking over from DC is a tough challenge and a manager will need every bit of goodwill he can get to do it effectively; Sir Gareth already has that with Lincoln fans. He’s already ‘someone’ here, a figure we adore and admire, a player who will always be fondly remembered.
He’s been playing a 4-3-3 and a 4-1-4-1 this season, both formations that we could accommodate with our current squad. The problem arises if we lean towards a manager who likes 4-4-2 or 3-5-2, because outside of the ‘2’ we don’t have squad depth. Under DC it wasn’t as much of an issue as they never played two up top, but if a new face comes in who wants to shuffle the pack, it’s a problem.
Getting Gareth Ainsworth to come to Lincoln would be a coup bigger than any of our summer signings. Wycombe wouldn’t want him to go, but if Clive Nates managed to charm him into the dugout then I suspect the transition between DC and him would be as smooth as pint of Guinness.