Hatters add ex-Pompey boss Awford to backroom staff

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Luton Town have announced that former Portsmouth manager Andy Awford has become the club’s new Youth Academy and Development Manager.

Awford, 42, left his role at Fratton Park in April after a difficult season in charge, with the club struggling in 14th place, and replaces Wayne Turner who departed Kenilworth Road at the end of the campaign.

“Now that we are back as a fully-fledged Football League club, Andy will be responsible for managing our EPPP3 status.

Gary Sweet

The ex-Portsmouth defender, who made over 300 appearances for the south coast club during his playing career, has a wealth of experience, having headed-up the Pompey academy for three years prior to being installed manager at Fratton Park.

He was also chief scout and reserve team boss while with Pompey and worked at Oxford United under Jim Smith as assistant manager.

On the appointment of Awford, Town chief executive Gary Sweet told the club’s official website: “We are privileged to have somebody of Andy’s credentials at our club at this particular level and at this time.

“Now that we are back as a fully-fledged Football League club, Andy will be responsible for managing our EPPP3 status.

“We won’t be expecting that status just to be consolidated, but for it also to be progressed under his stewardship.

“We see Andy as the perfect man to help us achieve this, but he will also be tasked with helping young professionals develop following their transition from the youth team.

“On behalf of everyone at Kenilworth Road I’d like to welcome Andy to Luton Town, and look forward to seeing the results that his experience and expertise is sure to bring.”