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Chris Turner Interview Part One

15 January 2017

Chris Turner’s role at the club has changed from chief executive to director of football and it’s move he feels will suit all parties.

In an interview with Player HD Turner said: “It’s something that we’ve been discussing for quite a while, I feel that I’ve still got a lot to offer on the football side of the club.

“And with the managerial position changing now, this would be the right time to step across.

“The club is being well ran financially, tight, cash flow is good or bad whenever we have good or bad points in the season, that’s taken care of by a professional accountancy firm.

“The managers of each department will take on a little bit more responsibility in their departments but they are all being well ran. They all made a profit last year, so long may those departments continue to do well.”

Turner also feels that his new role will provide the new manager with invaluable assistance.

“I really feel that being a manager today is very tough and is a short term job as we’re seeing all over the country.” He said.

“Managers are in jobs for eight to 12 months and we want to give our next manager the biggest support possible. 

“Our next manager has got to come in and hopefully hit the ground running, get this team winning football matches and moving out of the bottom four and staying in League One.

“10-15 years ago in the UK, football people were suspicious of this position, but now everybody everywhere is appointing a director of football. And I feel that I’m the right person to do this at this club.”

Turner’s experience as being the club’s chief executive will also stand him in good stead when dealing with transfers.

“I’ve dealt with all of the transfers in the last five years,” he added “we’ve brought in £4.5m worth of players and some of those players will still bring revenue in due to sell on clauses, but we’ve done unprecedented business on football over the last 
number of years.

“Now we had a major loss this season with Paul Mitchell departing, so our recruitment needs to be back up to what we’ve been used to, obviously I’ll play a major part in that, there’s decisions to be made with the academy and all sorts of things on football.

“So I’m going to be very busy and doing something that I 100% love which is being involved in football, I can bring a lot to this role and hopefully with the next manager bring some success to the club.”

And while he is looking forward to the new challenge, Turner looks back on his time as chief executive with fond memories.

He said: “In the five and a half years that I’ve been in the role I’ve enjoyed it. We’ve had some great times and some problems but that happens at every football club.

“I’ve enjoyed it and now I’m looking forward to my new role. 

“It’s given me a new lease of life getting back involved and watching training sessions, taking pressure off the manager.”

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