|GARY WADDOCK IS NEW BOSS
(Wednesday 14th October 2009)
After a day of intense speculation, Gary Waddock was confirmed as the new Wycombe Manager following a statement on the official Aldershot Town website at around 7.30pm on Tuesday 13th October. He joins Wanderers along with Shots coach Martin Kuhl following negotiations between the two clubs to agree a compensation package to the Hampshire side.
The 47 year old former QPR player comes to Adams Park following a two year spell at Aldershot Town where he guided them to promotion to the Football League during his first 12 months in charge and then a 15th placing in their debut season in 'League Two'. He watched Wanderers Reserves beat Luton Town 1-0 at Maidenhead on the same evening as his appointment and will take charge of the First Team for the first time when Colchester United are the visitors to Adams Park on Saturday (17th October). He has said he wants to adopt an attacking style, commenting to the Wanderers official website, "I like my teams to play the passing game and I like them to attack. Hopefully that will bring success because we must always remember that this is a results-based business." But Waddock added caution and appealed for fans to be patient, saying, "We'll try to hit the ground running but it won't happen overnight and we need a period of time to settle in and get our ideas across to the players."
Gary Waddock - background: Born on the 17 March 1962, Waddock is also a former Ireland international with 21 caps. He made more than 200 League appearances for QPR during an eight year spell in the early 1980's and played in the 1982 FA Cup Final alongside John Gregory - later to become Wycombe Manager. Following a two year spell playing in Belgium, Waddock returned to England to enjoy spells with Millwall, Bristol Rovers and then Luton Town, before finally quitting the playing side in 1998 having totalled close to 550 competitive appearances in the English game.
His first venture into Management came at QPR as part of their Youth Academy but he was to get his chance at First Team level in February 2006 when he became Caretaker Manager at Loftus Road following Ian Holloway's suspension. Under his guidance, QPR avoided relegation from the Championship, finishing in 21st place, and he was subsequently appointed in a permanent capacity. However, a poor start to the 2006/2007 campaign saw Waddock demoted to the Assistant role following the return of John Gregory to the Club as Manager.
At the end of the 2006/2007 season, Waddock was appointed as boss of Aldershot Town and 12 months later was celebrating The Shots return to the Football League as Conference Champions. The Shots enjoyed a tremendous home record in the first season in 'League Two' - losing on just four occasions - with their 3-2 victory over Wanderers in December 2008 ending Peter Taylor's side 18 match unbeaten start to the season. However, an away record where they lost 16 times, including a 3-0 reverse at Adams Park in April 2009, put pay to any hopes of a top half finish.
Martin Kuhl - background: Former player with clubs including Birmingham City, Sheffield United, Watford and Portsmouth (totalling more than 400 Football League appearances). He joined The Shots in 2001 and has taken on roles that include Community Officer, Reserve Manager and Youth Team manager before taking on the First Team Coach position with Waddock in May 2007. He also has a UEFA 'A' coaching badge.
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