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Fans reaction to Andy Awford's departure from Pompey

Andy Awford has today left his role as manager at Portsmouth - by mutual consent.

A club statement says that, after a natural break, there'll be conversations about the potential for Awford to take on another role at the club. His assistant Gary Waddock will take caretaker charge until the end of the season.

The club - currently sit in 14th - they had though, hoped to be challenging for the play offs.

There was a mixed reaction to the news from fans today.

Fans react to Andy Awford's departure from Pompey

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Andy Awford steps down as Pompey Manager

Andy Awford has stepped down from his position as Pompey manager Credit: ITV Meridian

Portsmouth Football Club announce that Andy Awford has left his role as first team manager by mutual consent.

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.

The club would like to place on record their sincere thanks for Andy’s efforts – his service to Pompey is immeasurable.

One of his most significant contributions was when he took charge of the team in March 2014 and steered the club to safety from the threat of relegation out of the Football League.

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.

Portsmouth's consolation goals as York win

Portsmouth fan John Portsmouth Football Club Westwood sings in the stands at the final whistle Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

York beat** **Portsmouth 4-2 at Bootham Crescent to record their first league win since the opening weekend. Wes Fletcher put the home side ahead after four minutes, but Jed Wallace levelled in the 53rd minute.

However Lewis Montrose, Ryan Jarvis and Fletcher netted in eight second-half minutes to make the win secure, with John Marquis netting a late consolation for Pompey.

Portsmouth's Romain Padovani shows his dejection at the final whistle Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
York City's Wes Fletcher(centre) scores his side's fourth goal during the Sky Bet League Two match at Bootham Crescent, Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Antonov behind 500m Euro fraud

Vladimir Antonov Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It was claimed in court today that the Russian former owner of Portsmouth Football Club was the primary mover in a 500 million Euro fraud which forced the bank he controlled to be nationalised.

Vladimir Antonov and his Lithuanian business partner are fighting extradition to Lithuania. The men claim they are victims of a politically motivated conspiracy. The hearing in London is expected to last two weeks.

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Key matches for our football teams this weekend

In League One, Crawley's final game of the season is at home today to Hartlepool. Swindon - who've secured a play-off place - are at Scunthorpe. Portsmouth's season finale is at Shrewsbury. And promoted Bournemouth plan to clinch the title at Tranmere.

In the Championship Brighton travel to Leeds where a win will secure them a play-off place. Premier League Southampton host West Brom. Reading face QPR on Sunday - both are 10 points adrift of safety.

In League Two, Champions Gillingham travel to Burton; Aldershot must beat Rotherham and have other results go their way if they are to avoid relegation. And Chris Wilder takes Oxford to Accrington after signing a new contract to keep him at the club for another year.

Pompey was a 'toxic brand'

Portsmouth Football Club had become a Toxic brand - that no-one wanted to do business with. That's the view of the new board, who say they'll do everything they can to make it a club the region can be proud of, once again.

They also announced Guy Whittingham as their manager - as they began life as the country's largest community club. Andrew Pate's been speaking to Director Mick Williams, Chairman Iain McInnes and manager Guy Whittingham.

Portsmouth's chief executive 'understands' the club

The club has also announced that its new Chief Executive Officer will be Mark Catlin. He has previous football experience working as a Commercial Director at Bury, overseeing growth in revenues and attendances, as well as being part of the club’s promotion to League.

Mark and I first discussed him wanting to help the PST bid in the autumn of 2012 and he has been working voluntarily since then to support what we are trying to do. He gave us the vital football management experience the bid team lacked. He understands our community ethos and we are sure he can drive the club to where we want it to be.”

– Chairman Iain McInnes, Portsmouth Community Football Club
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