Lincoln City are on the hunt for a new manager, after Danny Cowley left the club to join Huddersfield Town after a three-year spell at Sincil Bank.
Gareth Ainsworth is one of the names to be linked with the vacancy with the League One club, although it remains to be seen as to whether the Imps have made a formal approach for the Wycombe boss.
Speaking exclusively to Football League World’s Chief Editor Sam Rourke, Sky Sports’ EFL pundit David Prutton issued high-praise for Ainsworth, who has taken Wycombe to the top of the League One table in recent weeks.
“Gareth has been fantastic.
“For Gareth, there is a bit of a ceiling with Wycombe. This is the highest league position that they’ve been able to climb into, so it goes to show what a phenomenal job he has done.
Prutton went on to admit that the 46-year-old could be tempted by a move elsewhere, although it remains to be seen as to whether he would class Lincoln as a step-up this season.
“He’s been there for a while and he’s had the trust of the club to take them forward and he’s done a wonderful job. The question for him will be whether he’s sees the Lincoln job as an upwards step.
“Lincoln might be able to compete in a slightly different arena financially, but he might have half an eye on a move further up the pyramid if he moves on from Wycombe.
According to the Daily Mail, Newport County boss Michael Flynn is another one of Lincoln’s potential targets, and Prutton outlined his qualities as a manager.
“What Michael did with Newport last season, and what he’s doing with them this year is fantastic. He went up against clubs with bigger budgets and he showed himself to be a very reliable and inventive manager.
“So, if you look at Lincoln and what they’ve done when they first brought Danny in when they were outside the Football League. They brought in a manager that didn’t seem too out of the ordinary but now they’re in League One, they’ve had promotions and experienced Wembley.
“This next appointment for Lincoln has to be absolutely spot on.”