Awford believes time is right to appoint new Luton boss

Hatters caretaker boss Andy Awford
Hatters caretaker boss Andy Awford

Hatters caretaker boss Andy Awford insists the time is now right for a new permanent manager to be named at Kenilworth Road.

Awford took Luton for the fourth time at the weekend, as they were beaten 2-0 by Bristol Rovers, making it one win, one draw and two defeats during his stint in charge.

However, Luton are now without a game until January 16 due to their exit from the FA Cup, and Awford thinks the club’s hierarchy will look to act after dismissing John Still over two weeks ago.

He said: “I’m none the wiser, but obviously with the two week gap everybody would look at that as an ideal time to be appointing a new permanent manager and hopefully that happens.

“But until told differently, I can’t comment on that. So far I’ve enjoyed two games and not liked two games, the two games we got beat in, as you’re always a bit disappointed.”

Former Liverpool and England goalkeeper David James remains the odds-on favourite with league sponsors Sky Bet for the job, but Awford, who is 10/1 himself, confirmed he will just continue to prepare the side until a new man is in place.

He added: “We’ll be back in Monday, there’s a reserve game Tuesday for some of them to play in. Like I said I’ll come in on Monday, get on with it, sort the week out, sort the weekend out as well not having a game, get some work done until someone comes in and I’m told to step aside.

“They can take on that work, but until that happens we go on doing what we do.

“We’ve got a home game coming up next in the league so we’ve got to try and be positive and turn things around for that game.”