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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gary Waddock Quits Aldershot and Takes Over at Wycombe

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- Wanderers have announced the appointment of Gary Waddock as the club's new manager and he will take charge of the team for Saturday's home game against Colchester United.
- Gary and his assistant Martin Kuhl join us from League Two Aldershot Town who ended Wycombe's 18-game unbeaten run at the start of last season.
- Born in London, Gary had an outstanding playing career making over 500 appearances for six clubs and winning 21 caps for the Republic of Ireland. He is best known for his time at Queens Park Rangers, where he played over 200 games.
- He left Rangers to join the Belgian club Charleroi before returning to England to play for Millwall, Bristol Rovers and Luton Town and also had a loan spell at Swindon Town.
- When his playing career came to an end, Gary took up coaching and went on to oversee the youth academy at his former club QPR, where he was also in charge of the reserve team.
- In February 2006, Gary was asked to become caretaker boss of Rangers' first team when they looked in danger of being relegated from the Championship and was given the manager's job on a full time basis after steering them to safety.
- The following season, QPR appointed former Wycombe boss John Gregory as their manager, but Gary was asked to stay on at Loftus Road as his assistant and first team coach.
- Gary left Rangers to become manager of Aldershot Town in May 2007, and he guided them to promotion to the Football League from the Blue Square Premier League in his first season in charge. They finished 15th in League Two last season.
- Gary's assistant Martin Kuhl made over 400 appearances in the Football League for six different clubs including Birmingham City and Portsmouth, where he once played in an F.A. Cup semi-final against Liverpool.
- At 'The Shots', Gary and Martin produced teams that played entertaining, attacking football. They won promotion to the Football League setting a Conference record of 31 wins from 46 games and won the title with 101 points, 15 points ahead of runners up Cambridge United.
- Aldershot scored over 80 goals in their promotion season and in their first season back in the F.L. they scored more goals than Wanderers even though they finished 12 places lower in the table.
- Coming up later on wwfc.com: we talk to the Blues' new manager Gary Waddock and to owner Steve Hayes." Wycombe

Aldershot Official Club Statement - Club confirms departure of manager Gary Waddock and Coach Martin Kuhl
- Aldershot Town Football Club announce that manager Gary Waddock has left the club and has agreed to take charge at Coca Cola League One side Wycombe Wanderers.
- Appointed in May 2007 Waddock was the fifth manager of the club which was former in 1992 after the demise of Aldershot FC. He fulfilled the dream of supporters as he steered the club into the Football League in his first season winning the Conference with a record total of 101 points. The success completed a 17 year journey for the club who started in the third division of the Isthmian League.
- Gary also guided the club to win the Conference League Cup (Setanta Shield) during the course of the same season. He was also voted the Non Lague Manager of the Year for 2007/08.
- After stabilising the club in the Football League last season Aldershot are currently in sixth position in League Two after an impressive start to the campaign.
- The departing manager said, "This has been the hardest decision I have ever had to make. I have had a fantastic time at Aldershot Town. The players and the backroom staff have played such a massive part in the success that we have had.
- "I wish to thank the supporters too for their wonderful following during my time at Aldershot. They were first class throughout and the relationship I had was first class. I wish the club every success in the future. I like challenges though and am extremely ambitious. I now have a new challenge ahead."
- Coach Martin Kuhl will also be joining Gary at the Buckinghamshire club ending an eight year association with Aldershot Town. Frimley born Martin joined the club in 2001 and has served in a variety of positions including Community Officer and Reserve and Youth Team manager. He became First Team Coach in 2003 when the club gained promotion to the Conference and also serves as Caretaker Manager when Terry Brown departed in March 2007.
- The club is now able to make an official statement folowing the conclusion of negotiations with Wycombe and long term discussions over the last few days with the management team in the hope that we could find a way to retain their services this included the offer of significantly improved long term contracts. Unfortunately both Gary and Martin after considerable deliberation have jointly decided to take up the challenge of League One football with Wycombe Wanderers.
- The club would like to thank both Gary and Martin for their services to the club and for the success and achievements that we have had under their stewardship. We know that with the quality of the contracts we offered together with the long term vision for the future of the club which we shared with them we made it a very difficult decision for them as confirmed in Gary's statement above however by late this afternoon they had both decided that they would be leaving and we now wish them well in their future careers.
- The club now has to look forward and begins the process of compiling a short list of candidates with a view to appointing our new management team as soon as possible. We are very confident that with our position in the league and the strength of our squad that the quality of candidates will be very high.
- There will be further statements made in due course regarding the ongoing managerial situation at the club." Aldershot Official Site

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