Awford eager to fill Pompey youth jobs

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Pompey boss Andy Awford has admitted he is in a hurry to add to his Academy staff.

The youth set-up is short on coaching numbers following Paul Hardyman’s appointment as joint first-team coach.

The Academy was already missing Awford, after he became Blues boss on a permanent basis at the start of March.

Internally, the likes of chief scout Martin Hinshelwood and youth coach Mark Kelly have put themselves forward to help fill the vacancies.

As of yet, however, no appointments have been made as the club examines its options.

In the meantime, Awford remains eager for a swift resolution.

He said: ‘We have still got gaps in the Academy and that is on my agenda of things to do.

‘It is something I want sorted as soon as possible.

‘The sooner the better as far as I am concerned.

‘There is a lot of work to be done down there and planning is vital.

‘Coming from there I know the amount of work that needs to be put in place for the season ahead.

‘And I’m well aware there have to be appointments soon.

‘I would also need to bring people up to speed on some things, so hopefully it can be sorted.’

Awford also requires a goalkeeping coach and has targeted completing that appointment in time for pre-season training on June 26.

He added: ‘We’re looking at people and speaking to people, it’s an on-going process.

‘I want that sorted before we return for pre-season.

‘It is important to have all my coaching staff in place by that time.’

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