Awford: Bevan right appointment

Scott Bevan. Picture: Joe Pepler
Scott Bevan. Picture: Joe Pepler

They were the glowing recommendations from Paul Jones and Michael Poke which ended Pompey’s goalkeeping coach hunt.

Now Andy Awford is convinced he has the right man in Scott Bevan.

The 34-year-old has this week been appointed to the Blues’ backroom, having impressed as a stand-in during pre-season.

Such was the part-time Academy coach’s impact on the training pitch, Jones and Poke put in a word with Awford to make him goalkeeping coach permanently.

Bevan had to quit as keeper for the Hawks as a result, retiring from football in the process.

He had already retired from the professional game through injury and claimed insurance – ruling him out from ever appearing for Pompey.

And Awford is confident it is the correct appointment.

He said: ‘Scott started on Monday with us, he signed everything off from Havant to leave there, he wanted to do it and I am delighted he has come here.

‘He started last year as Academy goalkeeping coach and has been in and around it for a long time now.

‘Sometimes when someone is right in front of you, you miss it and Pokey and Jonah pulled me in and said “Look gaffer, he is good” – and he is.

‘I spoke to Scott about it and it was a big decision for him. I know he has retired from professional football but he has had to retire from all football now so it took a little bit of time to get sorted out and I am delighted it is now.

‘I like giving people opportunities, so I think he is one we can work with definitely.

‘I have had other people in and been looking but the keepers have been very happy with what Scott has done.

‘He knows the staff so there is no settling-in period, he knows how this place ticks and works.

‘He has been here a year already, so he will settle straight in.’

Bevan made 29 appearances for the Hawks last season.

He has previously played for Southampton, Bristol Rovers and Torquay.