Awford: All eyes on Accy

ANDY AWFORD buried Pompey’s backroom furore and vowed: We’re focused.

The Blues boss promised all eyes are on delivering three points against Accrington tomorrow at the end of another tumultuous week at Fratton Park.

Pompey boss Andy Awford Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey boss Andy Awford Picture: Joe Pepler

Alan McLoughlin’s departure and the hunt for his successor has dominated the build-up to the Stanley clash.

Awford refused to be drawn on his first-team coach’s exit yesterday in his pre-match press conference.

But he stated it hasn’t been difficult to get his players to set their sights on delivering a winning performance.

Awford said: ‘It’s the job. There are lots of things which go on during the week at a football club.

‘That’s managing a football club. It’s standard. Lot’s of things go on. You don’t just come in and train every day.

‘The majority of focus is always on the team.

‘That’s the most important thing at a club.

‘The team needs to be prepared and ready. It hasn’t been difficult to focus.

‘I’ve been preparing and training the players for Accrington like it’s a normal week.’

Awford has been busy leading the hunt for the new man to arrive and speaking to contenders in a week of drama.

He admitted getting on the training pitch and preparing his players has offered solace from a testing time.

‘There’s a lot that goes on,’ admitted Awford.

‘You are dealing with agents, the press, the chief executive and the chairman.

‘There’s a lot which goes into it and I’m learning on the job. You learn best on the job.

‘You can pick up things on courses and speaking to other people.

‘But you learn best on the job and in the job, without a shadow of a doubt.

‘I can have a row with an agent and it will play on your mind for 20 minutes.

‘Then you go out on the training pitch and you forget about it, because you go to work. You are out on the green grass and that’s the best thing about coaching and managing.

‘It’s the best bit working with the players and preparing them to get three points.

‘It’s the best bit of the job.’

Awford has been happy with his players’ response to recent events and underlined the need for a Pompey united front tomorrow.

He said: ‘The players have been great this week.

‘We’ve worked without the game last week.

‘We had them in and worked and it’s been a good preparation this week for Accrington.

‘I know that come Saturday the supporters will come in and create an atmosphere.

‘That’s because we all want the same thing. We want Portsmouth Football Club to win matches.

‘The supporters will come in, make a heck of an atmosphere and back the team.

‘Hopefully, we pull together and get a performance which will give us three points.’