Awford happy over training leeway

Pompey boss Andy Awford Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Andy Awford Picture: Joe Pepler

ANDY AWFORD believes Pompey need breathing space over their new training ground.

And he thanked the University of Portsmouth for allowing his senior set-up to be able to do that.

Pompey today confirmed their move to a new training home at Roko in Hilsea.

But they will return for pre-season at their current Langstone campus university site on June 26 – a move that will allow the Blues to ready their base for when the first-team finally make that switch.

Awford said: ‘We’ve had good conversations with the university and I’m really comfortable with what we’re able to put in place.

‘Last season we tried to arrange something at late notice with the university.

‘We couldn’t get there because of the late notice of when we approached them.

‘This year we’ve been talking to them about next season since February.

‘I’ve been part of that in my role as Academy manager.

‘So things are in place to improve the current facilities to allow us to train there for the early part of the season.

‘That’s until the new training venue is ready. I’m very comfortable with that.’

Awford is pleased Pompey have a much-improved relationship with the university after they refused to deal with the club when they were in administration.

He added: ‘When we were in administration we asked the university for some help and didn’t get it.

‘That wasn’t anyone’s fault. That was their policy and the decision would’ve been made high up the chain.

‘The minute we came out of administration they were there waiting for us.

‘We’ve had a positive fantastic relationship since.’