Portsmouth appoint Awford

  • Last Updated: May 1 2014, 11:04 BST

Portsmouth have appointed Andy Awford as their permanent manager on a one-year rolling contract.

Andy Awford: Given the Portsmouth job on a permanent basis
Andy Awford: Given the Portsmouth job on a permanent basis

The 41-year-old former Fratton Park defender took over as caretaker boss last month after Richie Barker was sacked, and promptly guided Pompey to five straight wins and a draw to lift them away from relegation trouble in League Two.

Awford told the club website: "I have accepted the offer as I feel the club is, after a year of laying strong financial foundations, now in a position to look ahead, move forward, go from strength to strength and achieve the stability it craves.

"I genuinely believe that the club is now ready to progress and the opportunity to lead it is a challenge that I relish and am absolutely committed to.

"The opportunity to manage this football club is one I am extremely grateful for and it allows me to achieve another personal football ambition.

"I am honoured, excited and thrilled to be given the job and look forward to us all working together for the good of Portsmouth Football Club."

Pompey end the season with a visit from Plymouth on Saturday.