Championship strugglers Queens Park Rangers reportedly want to bring Gareth Ainsworth back to Loftus Road from League One outfit Wycombe Wanderers.

Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth has admitted that he is flattered to be linked with the vacant managerial role at Queens Park Rangers, while speaking to Bucks Free Press.

QPR put Steve McClaren out of his misery a week ago, bringing an end to the former England boss’s 11-month spell in charge of Loftus Road after a run of one win in 15 Championship games.

And Ainsworth, who made over 150 appearances for the club during his playing career, has emerged as a potential replacement. The Standard reported that QPR are interested in ending his seven-year spell at the helm of League One outfit Wycombe.

Now, in quotes reported by Bucks Free Press, Ainsworth himself has taken plenty of pride in being linked with a return to the club he represented with such distinction as a tigerish midfielder.

“It is fabulous to be linked,” the 44-year-old said.

“Everyone knows I have a big affinity for that club. It is great for me to be linked and I would like to get Saturday out the way first and we will see what comes next week.”

Wycombe are due to host Fleetwood Town in the final game of the season on Sunday, knowing that a single point will guarantee their survival in the third tier.

Speaking to Sky Sports recently, QPR’s director of football Les Ferdinand admitted that the club had held talks with Tim Sherwood, Mark Bircham and former West Brom boss Darren Moore as they step up their search for a new manager.

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