WANDERERS boss Ian Evatt praised Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth ahead of this weekend’s trip to Adams Park.

Ainsworth’s men sit fourth in the League One table after picking up 31 points from their opening 17 matches, including nine wins.

Evatt has a lot of respect for the Wycombe chief and is expecting a tough test against the Chairboys on Saturday afternoon.

“He’s done a fantastic job,” said the Bolton boss. “I know him well and I know he’s a fantastic man first and foremost.

“Credit to him, to keep challenging for promotion or keep teams moving forward even in the face of relegation.

“They’ve started this season really well. They’ve had a bit of a sticky run so they’ll be wanting to put the record straight and come out fighting again, but we must be the same.

“Whatever team we manage to put out, we must make sure we’re better than (against Stockport).”

Ainsworth is the second longest-serving manager in the Football League, only behind Harrogate Town boss Simon Weaver.

Evatt admits such longevity is impressive in the modern game and praised the Wycombe boss for his loyalty.

“It’s really difficult and I think he’s done a fantastic job. He’s a very good man,” he added.

“Keeping your job for any length of time is always difficult because there are always expectations. You’re only ever three or four games away from being under pressure – it’s just the nature of the game.

“For Gareth to have longevity at one club is excellent from both sides – loyalty from Gareth and loyalty from the club.

“That’s a rare thing in these times and I’ve no doubt that people will have looked at Gareth’s services, but he’s stayed loyal to Wycombe.

“And if he loses some games, I have no doubts that Wycombe’s chairman will stand by Gareth for being loyal and what he’s achieved there.

“That’s part of the game – it’s about riding the storm in the bad times and enjoying the good times and staying loyal. A great example to every Football League club.”

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