Portsmouth begin hunt for new manager after Andy Awford exit

Mark Catlin
Mark Catlin admits his phone has already been ringing over the vacant manager's job at Portsmouth

Portsmouth chief executive Mark Catlin says he expects a lot of interest in the vacant managerial post at the club.

Andy Awford stepped down on Monday and Catlin says the recruitment process has already begun.

Awford became the third manager to leave Fratton Park since the Pompey Supporters' Trust saved the League Two club in April 2013.

"I would expect anyone who has been in management would fancy this job," Catlin told BBC Radio Solent.

"It's already started, my phone has been pinging all day with people putting their CVs in. We'll sit together with the board next week and arrive at a decision."

Chairman Iain McInnes said on Monday he "detested the fact this is our third managerial change" following Awford's departure.

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"Some will feel Andy has not moved the club on, some will feel he should have been given more time. The club has stalled this year, the budget is good and they've underachieved. They are better than the situation they are in, they should be in the play-offs. It's the most wonderful job in the world, they are the most magnificent supporters. I'd do it in a heartbeat - that is well known - it's something I've always wanted to do. I wish I could get it out of my system."

And Catlin admitted they have struggled to appoint the right man, with Richie Barker and Guy Whittingham also losing their jobs over the past two years.

Among the early favourites for the job are Gary Waddock - who has been appointed caretaker until the end of the season - Harry Redknapp, Ian Holloway, Neil Warnock and Darren Ferguson.

"Three and three does not always make six," he said. "Football is not an exact science.

"With a clear conscience I can say myself, the board, everyone has supported Andy Awford and, in reverse, Andy has worked above and beyond the call of duty with everything he has done."

The former Bury director also vowed that any new manager would be given a competitive budget to help deliver promotion next season.

"Obviously, the prime product is what goes on on the pitch and it's important any manager coming in has the best budget that we can deliver to him," Catlin said.