Experience on Chris Turner’s side in bid for Pools hotseat

Chris Turner
Chris Turner

Chris Turner hopes his “vast experience” in football and at Hartlepool United will earn him a shot at bringing the club back into the Football League.

The former Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland and Manchester United keeper has made a late application for the vacant manager’s job.

It would be the third stint of his career at the Northern Gas & Power Stadium, where he still has happy memories.

The 58-year-old built the third promotion-winning team in Pools history in 2003, though Mike Newell took the side up after Turner departed for boyhood club, Wednesday.

His first stay was season after season of success and while his second term was less productive, he kept Pools in League One.

A source close to Turner told SportMail: “Hartlepool means a lot to Chris for many reasons, both professionally and personally.

“Managers and owners come and go at every club but the fans will always remain and Chris wants to give those loyal dedicated supporters a team they can be proud of.”

Turner though has not managed a team since he quit Pools in the early weeks of the 2010-11 season.

The former Wednesday and Stockport has spent the last six years at Chesterfield, where he operated as chief executive and director of football.

If Turner was to persuade Pools chairwoman Pam Duxbury and head of recruit Paul Watson that he was the man they need, it would likely to be in a similar role he enjoyed at the Spireites.

Pools failed miserably when appointing Dave Jones, who had not managed a squad in four years when he took over from Craig Hignett.

Turner would prove an ideal partner to a younger figure who would coach the team.

The source continued: “Chris believes he can revive Hartlepool and reverse the downward spiral on the field.

“Pools face a very challenging summer and with Chris’s vast experience in all forms of the day-to-day running of a professional football club, there will be no candidate better equipped to manage Hartlepool United than Chris Turner right now.

“Chris has a sense of unfinished business from previous spells and would want to build something long lasting, as he did previously in building teams seeking promotion.

“The National League is a very tough division to get out of and it would go down as a hugely important success for any manager who can turn the club’s fortunes around and earn promotion into the Football League, that is the only aim, to win promotion.

“In his previous roles, Chris built recruitment networks that paid great attention to the division Hartlepool are entering.

“Recruitment is going to be absolutely key to any footballing success in the season and seasons to come “

One of Turner’s former players, Sam Collins, remains the bookies’ favourite to clinch the job.

The 39-year-old’s odds have plummeted from 16-1 to 2-5 with ex-Grimsby boss Marcus Bignot second in the list on 6-1 with Welsh Premier League winner Craig Harrison rated at 8-1.