Former Pompey boss Andy Awford takes control at Luton

Former Pompey boss Andy Awford Picture: Joe Pepler
Former Pompey boss Andy Awford Picture: Joe Pepler
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Andy Awford has been placed in temporary charge of Luton Town.

The former Pompey player and boss has been named the Hatters’ caretaker manager following boss John Still’s exit.

Still has left the club by mutual consent, following four straight defeats and Luton 17th in the League Two table.

Awford steps up from his role as Luton’s Youth Academy and Development Manager.

He moved to Kenilworth Road in June, after parting company with Pompey.

The Blues favourite was named the boss of Fratton Park in May 2014, following a second spell in charge as caretaker manager.

However, he lasted less than a year in the Pompey hot seat after departing in April of this year and replaced by Paul Cook.

Luton visit Fratton Park on Monday, December 28.

As it stands, Awford is due to return to his role with the club’s Academy, when a permanent appointment is made.

But he is taking a short-term view on his role as caretaker boss.

Awford told Luton News, Herald & Post: ‘I’m going to take it game by game.

‘I’m not going to look any further than the next game, I think that would be wrong of me to do that.

‘One day, yes, I’d like to return to management, but I didn’t expect it this soon, of course not.

‘The club have asked me to do the job so I’ll get on with it and do the job to the best of my ability.

‘Gary (Sweet, Luton chief executive) has given me an idea of when they would like to maybe bring in a permanent manager, but I think that’s for other people to say, that’s not for me to say.

‘It will be game by game – if that’s one game it’s one game; if that’s 10 games, it’s 10 games; if it’s 50 games it’s 50 games; I don’t know.’

Awford – who skippered the Blues in a distinguished playing career – left Fratton Park towards the end of last season, supposedly by mutual consent, after a disappointing League Two campaign.

An expected promotion challenge never materialised and the club was way off the play-off pace when the decision was made.

But Awford got the job on a full-time basis on the back of his rescue mission towards the end of the 2013-14 season, steering Pompey away from the threat of relegation to non-league football after Richie Barker’s disastrous reign.

And he believes his experience at Pompey will help him during his stint with Luton.

He said: ‘This is another massive club as well, so I hope so.

‘The experience down there as caretaker manager twice and then permanent, I’d hope that will stand me in good stead.’