Awford: Business as usual

Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford. Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford shrugged off boardroom talks over his Fratton future and insisted: It has been business as usual.

The Blues boss was visited by chairman Iain McInnes and chief executive Mark Catlin on Monday afternoon at Pompey’s training ground.

The duo delivered a vote of confidence to Awford following deliberations over his Pompey role.

Awford has since spent the remainder of the week focusing of the tough trip to Wycombe tomorrow.

It has left the Blues supporters divided in their opinion of a manager who has overseen the club slip to 18th position in League Two.

But Awford remains relaxed with his continued challenges.

He said: ‘Monday wasn’t difficult for me, I just came in and did my job.

‘Then the chairman and Mark (Catlin) came up, we had a couple of hours of chatting and that was it.

‘The board had a discussion Monday morning, members came up for a chat, we had a cup of tea together and talked a few things through.

‘We reviewed stuff and they went home and I went home and then I came back in next morning.

‘I think a bit of it has been blown out of proportion, if I am honest.

‘What was said stays in the meeting, that needs to remain private.

‘I have not treated the week differently. You may find that strange but what are you supposed to do?

You get on with it, don’t you – and Monday wasn’t any different.

‘Lots of times the chairman comes up here or rings me and we go out, it’s a positive relationship with him.

‘We had a chat Saturday night after the Southend game and that was quite honest as well.

‘There was no big drama.’

Awford’s training ground discussions on Monday did not finish until around 9pm.

He then held talks with his squad the following day in a bid to put their minds at ease after the uncertainty surrounding his future.

Now Awford is seeking to respond in the best possible manner – a positive result at Adams Park tomorrow.

He added: ‘I told the players there are a lot of things thrown out at the moment and it would be wrong of me to say I haven’t noticed it, of course I have, I am not stupid.

‘I have been a player before when that type of thing has been going on, I have empathy with it.

‘I knew they might be thinking and listening to it so it was my job to settle them down, which I have done.

‘If I knew it was time to quit I would have said. If I didn’t think I could do it out there then I would knock it on the head.

‘But if we win tomorrow, some of the people knocking you change very quickly. That’s how it is, that’s football and it’s all about results.

‘I’d take a scruffy performance like Oxford for three points, we need to get more it’s as simple as that.’