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Pompey ask Irish pair to help Awford

PORTSMOUTH have asked former Ireland internationals Alan McLoughlin and David Connolly to aid their bid for safety after manager Guy Whittingham was sacked.

Whittingham was axed after a run of four straight defeats for Pompey, who are close to the relegation zone in League Two.

They have installed coach Andy Awford as caretaker boss, but he will be assisted by McLoughlin and Connolly, their reign starting tonight against Southend United.

Connolly, 36, is still playing for Pompey, having scored five goals in 12 games this season, but he's also been working as a coach for the troubled club.



Kildare lad Kevin Feely is determined to make the most of his opportunity at AFC Wimbledon after he moved there on loan from Charlton.

Feely is still awaiting his first team debut with Charlton, following his move from Bohemians, and League Two side Wimbledon have taken the defender on loan for a month.

Feely said: "I am lucky that AFC Wimbledon came in for me and I am looking to make a good impression during the time that I'm here."



Ireland U-21 cap Aiden O'Brien has dropped down from Millwall to the non-league scene in a bid to gain first-team experience.

The London-born striker is a key member of Noel King's Irish U21 side, and with five goals from his nine appearances at that level, he is just two goals short of Robbie Brady's all-time scoring record at U21 level.

But O'Brien has struggled at club level and has now hooked up with Conference side Aldershot on a month's loan.