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PORTSMOUTH FOOTBALL CLUB STATEMENT

7 December 2014

McLoughlin leaves club

Portsmouth Football Club can confirm that Alan McLoughlin has left his position as first team coach with immediate effect.

Discussions between the first team manager, club chief executive and board over recent weeks identified the need for more experience at League One and League Two level within the football operation, requiring a re-structure of the backroom staff.

Negotiations continued over the weekend regarding a potential new role within the football structure for Alan, but it has now been agreed that he will leave the club.

Pompey boss Andy Awford said: “It has been a hard few days. I had a difficult conversation with Alan last week in which I told him I wanted to change things around.

“Both the club and I wanted to keep him involved and we have spent the past two or three days exploring a number of possible roles.

“In the end all parties have decided it would be best for him if he makes a clean break and I certainly wish Alan all the best, as I have known him for more than 20 years as a friend, team-mate and colleague. He has been a great servant to this club.”

The club would also like to thank Alan for his contribution both as a coach and a player and we would like to wish him every future success, both personally and professionally.

Media speculation surrounding this matter has been unhelpful. The club appreciates fans will have been upset and confused by some of the stories which appeared, but at all times our intention was to publish information at the right time once the situation was resolved.

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