Awford to discover fate

Andy Awford faces will today learn his Pompey fate. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford faces will today learn his Pompey fate. Picture: Joe Pepler

Under-fire Andy Awford will today learn his Pompey fate.

The Blues board are to discuss the future of their manager.

The situation has come to a head after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Southend extended their winless run to eight matches.

Late in the second-half a section of fans also turned on Awford following the substitution of Andy Barcham, chanting ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’.

The Shrimpers’ clash had been billed as ‘a must-win’ by chairman Iain McInnes in his programme notes.

Instead it is now five victories from the last 27 matches, leaving Pompey languishing in 18th spot.

There were six of Pompey’s seven-man board present at Fratton Park on Saturday to witness the Fratton faithful boo at the final whistle.

McInnes and chief executive Mark Catlin spoke with Awford following the game, although it is believed there was no agreement broached about his future.

Instead that will be analysed by board members today, with Awford’s position in massive doubt following 39 matches in charge.

Should he depart – whether through resignation, mutual consent or dismissal – Gary Waddock will step up as caretaker.

His previous managerial experience would allow the board breathing space to seek a replacement.

Ironically, his former club Wycombe would be the first game in temporary charge, the Blues scheduled to travel to Adams Park on Saturday.


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As for Awford, should he leave, The News understands there could be scope to return him to the Academy over a time frame to be specified.

Earlier this month, Neil Adams resigned his position as Norwich boss in favour of rejoining their youth set-up in July.

A similar scenario would appeal to Pompey, enabling them to retain the highly-regarded youth coaching skills of Awford.

In addition, it would keep a popular Hall of Famer at the club having seen Guy Whittingham and Alan McLoughlin leave during the past 14 months.

Following Saturday’s defeat, Awford was as bullish as ever over his position as manager when addressing the media.

The 42-year-old also revealed he had been aware of McInnes’ eye-catching programme notes days earlier.

He said: ‘I read the chairman’s notes a couple of days before.

‘Iain is blunt and to the point, that is how he is, I have got a lot of respect for him, there is no problem there.

‘He is entitled to his opinion as the chairman of the football club, we work closely together, we always have and always will, we have conversations nearly every day anyway so there are no problems there.

‘I think every game is must-win personally, I don’t know a game which isn’t.’