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Former Director of Sport

Chris Turner






February 1999, February 2006

Former Clubs

Leyton Orient, Hartlepool United, Sheffield Wednesday, Stockport County

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Chris Turner was appointed Hartlepool manager in February 1999 with Pools staring at relegation from Division 3. The former Sheffield Wednesday player kept Pools in the division after some crucial wins and experienced signings.

The following season saw Pools reach the play-offs for the first time, they were knocked out by Darlington but bounced back the following year, finishing fourth in the division and narrowly missing automatic promotion.

Again it wasn't to be as Pools went out at the hands of Blackpool. Pools lost at the same stage the following season, Cheltenham were the victors on that occasion. Turner's team started the season in fine form but he left the club in November 2002 to join his childhood side Sheffield Wednesday. Mike Newell subsequently guided Pools to automatic promotion.

Following his sacking from Wednesday he had a largely unsuccessful spell at Stockport County before parting company with the Hatters in December 2005.

Turner returned to Victoria Park in February 2006 after being offered a position by chairman and friend Ken Hodcroft. He was given a newly created role as 'Director of Sport' for IOR. This involved behind the scenes work involving both team manager and chairman. Turner's most public roles were a column in the matchday programme, welcoming new players to Victoria Park and occasional comments to the press.

Turner was placed in temporary charge of first team affairs when Danny Wilson left the club in December 2008 along with his usual duties. His first game in charge resulted in a 3-0 win over Southend.

After a poor run of form, Pools would survive by just one point at the end of the season, finishing in 19th place. Turner brought in a host of new players over the summer but was only able to finish 20th the following season, with 3 points being deducted from the club after fielding an ineligible player.

Turner brought in coach Mick Wadsworth to strengthen the staff at the club in the summer of 2010. His influence helped the club remain unbeaten in their opening 3 matches before Turner made the shock decision to resign from his post at the club.

Page last updated 19th August 2010
Click here for Chris Turner's profile at In The Mad Crowd

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