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Burns on Blues: 'Wadfather a year on'

I ALWAYS enjoy the imagination and humour of football fans across the land with Wycombe's Wadfather flag draped home and away a great example.

I ALWAYS enjoy the imagination and humour of football fans across the land with Wycombe's Wadfather flag draped home and away a great example.

The Blues faithful have taken to Gary Waddock as their leader and so they should.

This weekend marks one year since the former QPR midfielder left his successful Aldershot side to take over at Adams Park.

It was a sign of the courage and confidence of the man that Wycombe were languishing at the foot of League One and looking doomed to relegation after a miserable start.

He inherited a squad lacking the quality to stay in the third tier and 13 games away from the January transfer window and the chance to make his real mark on the team.

Many Blues fans had resigned themselves to the drop but were inspired and encouraged by the football Waddock and assistant Martin Kuhl were developing at the club.

Gary Waddock
Gary Waddock

Attacking, flowing, pacey and exciting football.

His cause was helped with doing the double of eventual play-off winners Millwall, a draw at Elland Road and home to Southampton and four wins in their last five games which nearly completed the Great Escape.

This summer gave Waddock the chance to make wholesale changes at the club with just Leon Johnson, Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield, Kevin Betsy, Stuart Green, Lewis Montrose, Stuart Beavon, Chris Westwood and Ian Westlake left from the permanent squad of last season.

The Blues boss has shown a great eye for talent with the signings of Nikki Bull and Andy Sandell proving to be masterstrokes this campaign.

But he has shown his ability on the training ground also.

Lewis Montrose is being developed into a top-notch central midfield player while Matt Bloomfield is blossoming under Waddock's tutelage while Stuart Beavon looks like a new player after his broken leg.

Waddock's Wycombe record – W14 D19 L16 – may not look impressive on paper.

But he has turned the club around in just 12 months.

Yes they were relegated. But, in all honesty, that was always on the cards.

What he has done is completely reshape a squad and instil a new football philosophy into the football club. It has taken time but the players and fans are now seeing the benefits.

Waddock will be hoping he will be celebrating his 2 nd anniversary at Adams Park in League One.

And you would have to be silly to bet against it.

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