Andy Awford: Portsmouth's 29-man squad is too large

Andy Awford
Andy Awford was appointed as Portsmouth manager on a full-time basis in May

Portsmouth manager Andy Awford has admitted he has too many players to work with and anticipates changes over the coming months.

Pompey currently have 29 senior players on the books at Fratton Park, with an additional three out on loan.

"We are at that stage now where we have got to split the group," Awford, 42, told BBC Radio Solent.

"I think that now people need to be going out of the football club to allow us to work with quality."

With only Wes Fogden and James Dunne out through injury, Awford has a large squad to work with on a daily basis.

Portsmouth sent veteran striker Patrick Agyemang and youngster Bradley Tarbuck out on loan in November to reduce the numbers.

The club has recently completed a new training groundexternal-link which they moved into on Wednesday, but working on a League Two budget makes handling lots of players difficult.

"Thankfully now we've got the area to be able to do it at the new training ground, before on one pitch it was very, very difficult," Awford added.

"From a budget point of view we have got to look at that [squad]."

On the pitch, Pompey, have lost their last two league fixtures and sit 14th in the League Two table, eight points adrift of the play-offs.

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