Harrison: Players believe in Gaz

Gareth Ainsworth embraces Richard Dobson and Lee Harrison after Blues beat Torquay in October

Gareth Ainsworth embraces Richard Dobson and Lee Harrison after Blues beat Torquay in October

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

COACH Lee Harrison says Wanderers are getting results because the players believe in boss Gareth Ainsworth.

Despite only being in the job full time for two months, Ainsworth has been nominated for December's Manager of the Month award after guiding Blues to six wins in nine league matches to move them away from trouble.

Harrison said that was down to Ainsworth stamping his personality and the way he wants to do things onto the squad.

The goalkeeping coach said: "If they didn't believe in him, they wouldn't get results.

"Gaz is a good coach. He's not just someone who runs around and everyone follows his lead. When we do the 11 v 11 at training on Thursday Gaz is out there and stops it and shows what he wants."

Ainsworth has frequently spoken about the support he's received from Harrison and assistant manager Richard Dobson as he takes his first steps into full time management.

Harrison said that while responsibility ultimately rests with Ainsworth, the manager is always open to suggestions on team affairs.

He said: "We're in an hour before training starts to talk about what sessions we want to put on. We have an input - Gaz is good at listening to ideas and we have an input into what goes on every week.

"Bringing in Jordan Archer was solely mine. He said you know better than me - you go with what you want to go with.

"I have done the assistant manager's role at Barnet and outfield coaching before, so I feel comfortable with it."

But he added: "We both know Gaz is the manager. Whatever he says, we go with - he's the one voice they hear from."

Harrison said Ainsworth's half time team talk on Saturday was a case in point, as a poor first half display was followed by a vastly improved effort after the break as Blues came from behind to defeat Chesterfield 2-1.

He said: "Gaz was excellent at half time. He was very forceful but the points he made were very good. He will have his say for ten minutes, then we [himself and Dobson] go round and make our individual points."

Harrison originally joined Wanderers on a part time basis under previous manager Gary Waddock, but now has a full time post at Adams Park coaching the goalkeepers and young outfield players.

The backroom staff have remained the same since Waddock's dismissal but Harrison said: "It's a lot different to when Gary was here. Gary was very laid back. Gaz isn't full on but he's a very positive person and that was the main thing that started getting results early on."

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