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|Full name||Andrew Terry Awford|
|Date of birth||14 July 1972|
|Place of birth||Worcester, England|
|2000–2006||Portsmouth Academy (scout)|
|2006–2007||Oxford United (Assistant coach)|
|2008–2009||Bognor Regis Town (Assistant coach)|
|2015||Luton Town (Development Manager)|
|2015–2016||Luton Town (caretaker)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Andrew Terry "Andy" Awford (born 14 July 1972) is an English football coach and former footballer who was most recently the caretaker manager of Luton Town. Prior to this, he was the manager of Portsmouth, a club where he spent the vast majority of his playing and coaching career. Awford was hand selected by The FA in 2012 to participate on their new level 5 qualification, The FA Professional / Elite Award, which he successfully completed and graduated in June 2013 at St Georges Park.
Awford began his career at his home-town club Worcester City where he became the youngest player ever to appear in the FA Cup, aged just 15 years 88 days, when he came on as substitute in a tie at Boreham Wood.
He went on to sign professional terms with Second Division side Portsmouth in 1989 at the age of 16, making almost 400 first-team appearances in an 11-year career. Awford was part of the Pompey side that reached the FA Cup semi-final in 1992, losing to Liverpool in a penalty shootout. In his time at the club, he also played ten times for the England under-21s.
In 1994, Awford suffered a succession of injuries, including a broken leg, which kept him from playing for 14 months. He went on to play in subsequent campaigns, but further injuries throughout the 2000–01 season led him to retire from professional football at the age of 28. His last competitive appearance for Pompey came against Queens Park Rangers on 4 November 2000.
After retiring, Awford took up the position of chief scout and later reserve team manager at Portsmouth. In April 2006, he was appointed the first team coach at Oxford United under his former Portsmouth manager Jim Smith and in June 2008 became assistant manager of Bognor Regis Town. Awford resigned along with manager Mick Jenkins in January 2009.
He obtained a UEFA 'A' Licence and worked as a PE Teacher in Petersfield before returning to Portsmouth as the club's Academy Manager in February 2011. Following Michael Appleton's move to Blackpool in November 2012, Guy Whittingham was made caretaker manager of Portsmouth with Awford appointed as his assistant. Despite being given only temporary roles, the pair remained in charge for the rest of the 2012–13 season. In June 2013 Awford successfully graduated from The FA Professional / Elite level 5 accreditation. In November 2013, Whittingham, who had been named as permanent manager, was sacked and Awford named as caretaker manager. On 9 December, Richie Barker was named as permanent manager with Awford returning to work with the club's academy.
On 27 March 2014, Barker left on mutual terms and Awford was named caretaker manager until the end of the 2013–14 season. Awford won his first five matches in charge to ensure Portsmouth would avoid relegation from The Football League. Awford subsequently won April's League Two Manager of the Month.
On 1 May 2014, it was announced that Awford would be appointed as Portsmouth manager on a permanent basis on a one-year rolling contract. Awford won the League Two Manager of the Month award for February during the 2014–15 season following an unbeaten month, guiding the club to four wins and two draws. However, a poor run of form in the next ten games led to Awford leaving Portsmouth by mutual consent on 13 April 2015, with the club sitting in 14th position in the table.
On 26 June 2015, Awford joined Luton Town as Youth Academy and Development Manager. Awford took over as caretaker manager following John Still's sacking in December 2015, leading the club to one win, a draw and two losses. Awford returned to his academy role following the appointment of Nathan Jones as permanent Luton manager in January 2016.
- As of 6 January 2016.
|Portsmouth (caretaker)||25 November 2013||9 December 2013||3||0||2||1||0.00|
|Portsmouth (caretaker)||27 March 2014||1 May 2014||7||5||2||0||71.43|
|Portsmouth||1 May 2014||13 April 2015||48||15||15||18||31.25|
|Luton Town (caretaker)||17 December 2015||6 January 2016||4||1||1||2||25.00|
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