Big Pat still has role to play for Pompey

Patrick Agyemang Picture: Joe Pepler
Patrick Agyemang Picture: Joe Pepler
Conor Chaplin. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey boss weighs up best attacking formula

  • Pompey can call on popular striker’s contacts after exit
  • Awford pays tribute to fans’ favourite
  • Blues boss insists Agyemang’s departure was amicable
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PATRICK AGYEMANG has a role to play for Pompey moving forward.

Andy Awford believes the popular striker can still help the Blues after his departure.

Awford has explained his reasons for the 34-year-old’s exit after just over two years at Fratton Park.

The Pompey boss stated there were no hard feelings on either side after his contract was cancelled this week.

Agyemang is aiming to find another club after terminating his deal.

But he has also signalled his intent to move into player recruitment – a field he’s already made a move towards.

I think he’s one we can call upon in the future as a friend of ours.

Andy Awford

Awford knows there can be a useful link-up with both parties.

He said: ‘It’s my decision, but I have a real good relationship with Pat.

‘I’ve had other strikers I’ve preferred. That’s my job and it’s my opinion.

‘Pat’s a realistic, likeable fella.

‘I think he’s one we can call upon in the future as a friend of ours.

‘He knows a lot of players and he, in the future, might be someone you want to tap into.

‘There might be people he can go and have a look at for me.

‘He’s got the club at heart and he enjoyed it here.

‘The supporters here were good to him and he got on well with them.

‘I’ve already picked the phone up to him about something.

‘That relationship is bright, positive and one we can use moving forward.’

Agyemang became a firm fans’ favourite in his time at Pompey, as he picked up plaudits for his skilful play.

But, when first-team chances became limited, the burden of travelling down from his east London home began to weigh heavily on him.

Awford stated there was no dispute surrounding his exit.

He said: ‘When I came in and was working with Guy (Whittingham), me and Pat got on well.

‘He’s a good lad to have around the place.

‘He’s a senior pro who’s had a lot of clubs.

‘His experience is there and he’s been great.

‘But he’s not played enough football for his liking, and he’s been travelling down from London every day.

‘It’s a good two-and-a-half hour drive every day.

‘He came and asked me if it was the right thing to do, and I agreed with him, it was. We had a chat and it was all amicable and proper.

‘The process takes a while to sort out and get finalised. Pat was relieved to do it in the end.

‘If he can get another club then great, if not he looks to next season.’