QPR close to finalising deal to appoint Wycombe boss Ainsworth as manager

Queens Park Rangers are close to finalising a deal to appoint Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth as their new manager.

The club have been in talks with Ainsworth and there is growing optimism he will be in charge for Saturday's game against Blackburn.

QPR sacked Neil Critchley on Sunday following their 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough after he guided them to just one win in his 12 games in charge having been appointed on December 11 following Michael Beale's departure to Rangers.

QPR were top of the Championship when they beat Wigan on October 22 but that was their last home win, with just one victory in their last 17 league matches. They are now 17th

Ainsworth, who made 152 appearances over seven years for QPR, became caretaker boss on two occasions at the club before being appointed by Wycombe in 2012.