Andy Awford: Portsmouth manager's future under scrutiny

Andy Awford
Awford's team have not won since 22 November last year

Andy Awford's future as Portsmouth manager will be discussed by the hierarchy at Fratton Park, although no formal meeting has been arranged, reports BBC Radio Solent.

Awford's side were booed off on Saturday after a 2-1 loss to Southend saw them drop to 18th in League Two.

Pompey chairman Iain McInnes had described the match as "must-win" in his programme notes.

"I understand the pressures of the job," said Awford after the defeat.

"It comes with being a full-time manager.

"We haven't won in an awful long time now - it's a tough time for everybody at the football club.

"We've got to start turning half-decent performances into results. Unfortunately we couldn't do that against Southend and I take full responsibility for the team out there. I pick the team and there's no ducking that."

Awford, who played more than 300 games for Portsmouth, was appointed on a full-time basis in May last year after his second spell in caretaker charge of the club.

The 42-year-old won five out of six matches after being appointed as caretaker manager in the wake of Richie Barker's exit, but this season has been harder going, with only seven league victories all season leaving Pompey three points above the relegation zone.

"It was another frustrating afternoon," added Awford. "There wasn't much in the game but we're now on the back of another defeat. I can't say we deserved to win the game but we're disappointed not to get something out of it."

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