Awfs’ Pompey pride

Paul Cook celebrates winning the League Two title with Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler

Emotions still raw as Pompey prepare for reunion

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Andy Awford admitted it’s an honour to be named Pompey boss on a permanent basis.

Awford was officially confirmed as the Blues’ new manager this morning, after guiding the club to five wins and a draw from his six games in charge to date.

Andy Awford Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford Picture: Joe Pepler

That form saw Pompey climb clear of the relegation zone, with the Fratton Park side capable of moving into the top 10 with a home victory against Plymouth tomorrow in their final game of the League Two season.

Awford made his first-team debut as a 16-year-old in April 1989 against Crystal Palace.

He went on to make 341 appearances for the club during a 12-year stint, before taking on various coaching roles, including Academy manager.

Those links ensure Awford is proud to have taken on the latest leg of his Pompey journey.

‘I joined the football club as a schoolboy and it has been a journey to get here,’ he said.

‘I am proud, honoured, privileged.

‘My family know it is something I have always wanted to do, although I probably didn’t really see it mapping out like it has – but here I am.

‘It’s a proud day for me and I am delighted to accept the offer.’