Awfs: I’ve got more brooms than Trigger!

Andy Awford was delighted with the response of his players as they picked up three precious points at Newport Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Awford was delighted with the response of his players as they picked up three precious points at Newport Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Awford marked the start of his third caretaker tenure at Pompey with victory and joked: I’ve got more brooms than Trigger!

Awford was brimming with pride as he led the Blues to a 2-1 win at Newport County in his first game as Pompey caretaker boss.

It’s a role the former player is familiar with, having carried it out on two previous occasions.

Awford, who is renowned for being the youngest player to appear in the FA Cup, made light of that fact, stating he is closing in on another record.

And the 41-year-old said he owns more brooms than Only Fools & Horses roadsweeper Trigger – a reference to his caretaker position.

But Awford still had time to speak of his honour at leading Pompey – as away fans endlessly sung his 
name.

Awford said: ‘To hear my name sung is nice and it’s lovely.

‘It’s fantastic for me.

‘It’s been a dream of mine to manage this football club.

‘Someone said I’m in the Guinness Book of Records twice now.

‘Once for being the youngest player to play in the FA Cup and secondly for having most caretaker spells at a club!

‘I’ve got more brooms than Trigger from Only Fools & Horses!

‘I retired early and at 28 thought I was going to be the next England manager.

‘Then I met Harry Redknapp and realised what it was all about.

‘I’ve had 14 years coaching and I’ve worked under enough high-profile managers to pick good things up off them all.

‘If I can use those skills to our advantage then happy days.’

Awford explained he feels he is thriving on the demands of keeping Pompey in the Football League over the final six games.

He was pleased with the quality his players showed on Saturday as they took the first steps towards doing that.

‘I love the pressure and the challenge and I’m delighted to do it,’ he added.

‘It was maybe a little too close for comfort at the end and we should have killed them off.

‘I wasn’t expecting that first-half from the lads. It was good – very good.

‘I can only affect things so much

‘It’s about the club and the city, the staff, fans and players pulling together

‘There’s pressure for everyone.

‘We won’t go out of the Football League.

‘Everyone is under pressure to keep the club in the league.

‘I’m totally confident that is what we will do.’

– JORDAN CROSS