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Fans in tears after watching Gareth Ainsworth’s emotional goodbye message to Wycombe players

Fans were in tears after watching Gareth Ainsworth’s emotional goodbye message to Wycombe Wanderers players before leaving the club.

The Chairboys have appointed Matt Bloomfield as their new head coach to succeed Ainsworth, who leaves for Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers.

39 year old Bloomfield, who had been Colchester United boss, overseeing a short stint at the League Two side, where he boosted their hopes of beating the drop, a research prospect, and had “agreed in principle” to take the job at Adams Park.

Speaking to the players on the 20th of February, a day before his departure, he could be heard saying to them: “This is tough.

“It’s been amazing.

“You guys have given me this opportunity and I can’t thank you enough.

“This is a lot harder than I thought it would be.

“I want to go and smash the Championship with QPR and keep that club up.

“In the meantime, I will be looking down at you and hopefully, you’ll be winning those play-offs so you can come and join us in the Championship.

“You’ve got all the possibilities to do that as you’re an amazing bunch of guys and girls.

“I wouldn’t change one thing in the last 13 years.

“No tears yet which is good, but I am really upset.

“This place has played a big part in my life and I can’t thank the Couhigs enough for backing us.

“All of you can reach the Championship, just keep playing the way you are playing.

“Honestly, my job has been so easy recently as you have taken it upon yourself.

“I’m so proud of every single one of you.”

You can also have a watch of the final interview with Gareth Ainsworth and Richard Dobson…

Social media users reacted with fans in tears after watching Gareth Ainsworth’s emotional goodbye message to Wycombe players…

@travislamoon: i don’t wanna watch it

@JGsLongThrow: If you think this version is a tough watch just try the 16 minute one. Gareth and Dobbo aren’t just a first class management duo, they are first class people too. The video just emphasises that fact.

@WycombeDJ: Na man in on the bus I look like I’m going home from being broken up with ffs

@chairboy38: The guy is quality and will always be part of the Wycombe family. He’s taken us to heights I never thought possible. Best of luck to him, I hope he gets given a decent chance to make an impact,

@MrTodd91: Fair play GA never been a fan of the way that club plays but the way he has made them competitive on a shoestring is remarkable. Have to respect the job he has done there from the brink of going out the football league to where they have been and are at now.

@LdoubleE_87: His style of football may not be the best but he is a proper, genuine bloke – wish him all the best at QPR

@alfielowings7: Confirmed: Wycombe vs QPR pre season friendly 😂

@james_hall_96: Really hope he smashes it at QPR, what a top bloke

@CPJ_2001: What a bloke.

@jon_warburton: “That rock ‘n’roll, eh? That rock’n’roll, it just won’t go away. It might hibernate from time to time, and sink back into the swamp. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands it adheres to some of its rules”

@BrianDqpr: This is different class from our new manager farewelling his former players. Hope he gets the good luck he deserves with us. Big difference from how the snake Beale handled himself.

@Cj_covblaze: Very good manager and an even better bloke. Deserves every plaudit for what he’s done there

@DavidCullinane4: Hope Wild Thing gets the time and patience needed at QPR, no doubt he’d smash it if so. Legend, my dream appointment for the Dons, we’d eat through leagues once again

@deanbowey: This says everything about the man ! 💙 🤍

@craig_gill: The respect between players and manager here is unreal

@jackdarvill: God I LOVE him even more now

@furhan_: Cheers, son’s crying 👍

@ACW52: Total class would love him at Reading


@CharlieGreg15: Absolute top man. Love this bloke

@rajeevdatta: Pin drop silence. Players hanging on to his every word. That is respect right there. Respect he clearly demands / deserves.

@villagabe: Emotional from Ainsworth, wish him all the best at QPR, deserves his chance. Good luck to Wycombe as well.

@QPR22_: I want him to smash it with this club and keep us up too. Man’s got bundles of charisma and passion, something we’ve been missing as a club for a long time

@WDownunder: The emotion tells you everything what #WycombeWanderers meant for Gareth #Ainsworth…. so many Chairboys players owe him so much for their careers.

@FionaEndersby: And this is one reason why he is special. We are lucky he has come to @QPR when we need his passion so desperately. #garethainsworth

@MarkCrehan10: I wasn’t ready for this today… 😢

@adn_hoops: Incredible man, top gaffer. Sad from a Wycombe point to see it end but delighted it’s because he’s with us 💙 #QPR #Chairboys

@gatesy8909: Okay my minds changing.. geezers ready.. Ainsworths blue and white army.. You R’sssss.. what a legacy he is leaving behind and listen to that respect and silence in the room 👏👏.. I do hope Wycombe come up.. just so that all 4 stands Loftus Road sing his name

@Alky007: Well that is a touch of class. May not have always agreed with his tactics but there can be truly no doubt that GA is a class act who will always be welcomed back at AP. @QPR you had better bloody look after your new management team.

@J87Bailey: Ahh man well and truly gone now 😭😭

@nigelmayor: That has done me…

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