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League Two side Portsmouth part ways with manager Andy Awford after Morecambe defeat


League Two side Portsmouth have parted ways with their manager and former defender Andy Awford following their 3-1 defeat to Morecambe at the weekend.

After a meeting on Monday morning with chairman Iain McInnes and chief executive Mark Catlin, the decision was taken for him to step down with immediate effect.

In a statement on the club's webiste, club officials said "The club would like to place on record their sincere thanks for Andy’s efforts – his service to Pompey is immeasurable."

"All parties have agreed that, after a natural break, further conversations will take place about the potential of Andy playing a further role within the football club."

Gary Waddock will take caretaker charge until the end of the season, assisted by first team coach Paul Hardyman.

Awford served Pompey as a player, making over 300 appearances for the club, as well as holding several back room roles including scout and coach, before he was appointed manager in March 2014.

He managed to prevent the former Premier League side from dropping out of the Football League, and the club were hopeful of challenging for promotion this season.

However, they have found their challenge on the play-offs faltering in recent weeks and their defeat at the weekend ended any chance of them making the top seven.
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