Awfs set to remain at Fratton as summer talks are planned

Mark Catlin. Picture: Joe Pepler
Mark Catlin. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Awford offered role after manager exit
  • Summer talks planned to define position
  • First-team coaches to remain
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POMPEY will wait until the summer for talks over Andy Awford’s future role.

Awford yesterday departed from the manager’s position after just over a year at the helm.

We’ll have a break, get to the summer and then have a conversation about the future.

Mark Catlin

But the Blues are keen to keep the 42-year-old at Fratton Park moving forward.

The details of that role remain unclear, with only tentative discussions taking place so far.

Awford is now expected to have a break before looking at the way ahead.

Chief executive Mark Catlin explained there has been an open dialogue between the pair.

Catlin said: ‘Andy will have some time out.

‘He spoke to us about various roles he could do.

‘That showed he’d thought about it and considered it.

‘He said to me if there was a wobble from the board with regard to him and he was in danger, don’t hide it or delay it.

‘He said “come and have a chat to me and we’ll have a talk about the future”.

‘Andy openly said there was nothing more anyone could have done to support him.

‘We’ll have a break, get to the summer and then have a conversation about the future.

‘We’ll discuss the possibilities of any other role then.’

Catlin also explained there are no plans to make any further changes to Pompey’s backroom staff at present.

First-team coaches Gary Waddock and Paul Hardyman have been placed in charge until the end of the season, ahead of tonight’s clash with Stevenage Borough.

Catlin stated the plan is to put a football structure in place which is not based solely around the manager.

He said: ‘We’ve had a chat with Paul.

‘There is no desire to see him or Gary leave.

‘We are trying to build a structure.

‘So any new manager can do a bit tinkering but we aren’t going to allow large-scale changes.

‘We inherited a club with no structure and we are trying to build that.

‘We are trying to get foundations in place on the football side.’