Wycombe Wanderers have confirmed that Sporting Director Pete Couhig has stepped away from his boardroom duties at the club.

The American has been involved with the Chairboys since 2019 following the Couhig takeover, which has seen the Adams Park side reach three Wembley finals in five seasons, which includes a year in the Championship.

He was often seen in the town meeting fans and locals and was a regular cheerleader for the club during their year in the second tier, which was played behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

During his time at Wycombe, Couhig played a huge role in creating the club’s development squad which saw the likes of Anis Mehmeti, Al Al-Hamadi, Chri Forino and Jasper Pattenden come through the ranks.

His uncle, Rob, who is also Wanderers’ CEO, told the Wanderers website: “On a personal note, I have observed how much Pete and his family have sacrificed for the betterment of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club including living almost 18 months apart from his family during the Covid era.

"The Club, the supporters, players, and staff will miss his talent, energy, and enthusiasm.

“Much of Wycombe’s success on and off the pitch is directly the result of Pete’s work with the Club.

“Thank you Pete and also to Finney, Anna Reese, Buster, and Mac for sharing Pete with Wycombe."

In an open letter to the Wycombe fans, Pete said: “Dear Wycombe, it’s time for me to retire.

"I have truly enjoyed my time working with Wycombe Wanderers but after five of the most successful years in the history of the Club, it’s time to move on.

Before I say anything, I want to thank my family. Finney, Anna Reese, Buster and Mac have sacrificed an incredible amount over the past five years.

“To be brutally honest, without their support I would have been gone a long time ago.

“And I want to thank Rob for being crazy and getting us into the most insane business I have ever been involved in and giving me pretty much free rein to run the football side of things.

“I don’t think anyone in our family would believe how well we work together, although Missy may vouch for it.

But we do and I have enjoyed it greatly.

“Thank you, Rob and Missy.

“This has been a great ride.

“My goal with everything I’m involved in is to leave it better than it was before I got there and I think it’s pretty obvious we’ve done that here.

“The positive results on the field are too many to list so what I want to focus on is The Wycombe Way.

I was lucky we found a club whose soul and approach to the beautiful game matched my approach to business and life.

“I was always the little guy, an underdog in most situations, and every great moment and success in my life was created through a very similar team-family hard-working approach I found under Gareth Ainsworth and that now continues with Matt Bloomfield.

“And, speaking of those two, I hope every Wycombe fan counts your blessings every day to have had those men lead your football club.

I know I feel extremely fortunate to be able to work with them and am proud that Gareth remains one of my closest friends and that Matt, from the moment I met him, has become the type of manager I knew he could be.

“It has been a real pleasure working with him over the past year and a half.

“I know, like Gareth, that my relationship with Matt will continue long into the future.

“There are too many special moments that I've shared with these two legends, their staff and players over the past five years where I know we will all be connected forever.”

To read the full letter, click here.