Portsmouth confirm Richie Barker departure

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker during the Sky Bet League One match between Sheffield United and Crawley Town at Bramall Lane on October 04, 2013
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Portsmouth confirm the departure of manager Richie Barker by mutual consent.

League Two club Portsmouth have confirmed that manager Richie Barker has left by mutual consent, with the side just one place above the relegation zone.

There were reports earlier on Thursday that Barker had been dismissed and the club have now made the news official on their website.

"Richie Barker has left his position as Portsmouth Football Club manager by mutual consent," a statement said. "Following a meeting between Richie and the board, both parties agreed that it was in the best interests of the club.

"Portsmouth Football Club would like to thank Richie for all his work and wish him well for the future."

The club also confirmed that Andy Awford would take over as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker during the Sky Bet League One match between Sheffield United and Crawley Town at Bramall Lane on October 04, 2013
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