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Chris Turner Interview Part Two

16 January 2017

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With the club confident of appointing a new manager this week, director of football Chris Turner, explains how his relationship with new man will work.

As director of football, Turner will assist the new manager in terms of scouting and identifying potential players to come to the Proact, leaving the day to day coaching and team selection down to the manager.

“The bottom line is the manager will pick the team and coach the team," he said. 

“I’m there to aid him and help him and step up the recruitment drive and getting players looked at and getting players in to develop, and hopefully in the long term secure the future of the club.”

Turner will also be liaising with the new manager should any bids or enquiries come in for any Spireites players.

“The process will always be the same as it has been,” Turner added, “if an offer comes in for a player I will sit down with the manger and discuss.

“The problem we have – and I don’t want to keep saying it and bore people – is that once a player is going into the Championship he’s earning anything from £8,000 and above per week and obviously we can’t afford to do that.

“A player’s career is short and it’s difficult and that’s why we need to build this recruitment up, so that if it’s a good deal for the club like we’ve been having we need to have somebody to come in and fill their shoes and replenish the squad and we move on.

“That’s the way we’ve worked here for the last four-five years and we’ve been very successful at it for the last three and a half years with player sales.

One of the requirements for the new manager was that he knows all about the Chesterfield squad, and the areas which need to be strengthened. 

Turner said: “I know certain individuals that we’ve spoken to have streamed our games, so the person coming into the job does know the club and does know the players. 

“He will come in and think ‘well, I’ve got 19 games to get this club to stay in league one and we need a player in this position, that position’ so we’ve got to try and get some funds/wages etc and that was the reason why Gary Liddle was allowed to move on. So straight away there is some finance there for the next manager to play with.”

With Liddle being allowed to depart the Proact, could there be any more to follow suit?

“The window is open and as of yet we haven’t had any other offers for any of our players,” Turner added. “The window is open for four weeks but the majority of the business is done in the last three to five days. 

“And that’s the nightmare situation of it all, it all becomes a bit of a rush in the end and decisions have to be made quickly or as the months go by player’s agents are talking in their ears, so it’s a massive situation and down to one man it’s very difficult.”

Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Coventry City means that whoever comes in will have a solid base to build from, even though keeping the Spireites in League One will not be an easy task. 

Turner is confident, however, that it can be achieved. He said: “It’s going to be tough there’s no doubt about it.

“With four clubs going down in League One, there’s teams in mid-table who are a two defeats away from really looking over their shoulders and if their current bad form continues will get dragged into it, and that’s what we’ve got to do.

“I believe that these players are well capable of doing that. I’m not saying we’re a top three side in this division but we’ve played them and competed against them for large periods of the game. 

“I believe that we’re more than capable of getting those wins and getting into a safety position come the end of the season.”

To see the full interview, click on the link below

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