Former Hartlepool United boss Chris Turner is new chief executive at Chesterfield

Chris Turner is back in football.
Chris Turner is back in football.

FORMER Hartlepool United boss Chris Turner is back in club football – as Chesterfield’s new chief executive.

Turner’s arrival at the League One strugglers was announced yesterday, ending his 15-month break from day-to-day football.

The 53-year-old has been linked with several clubs and ventures since resigning as director of sport at Pools in August 2010.

Turner takes over as the Spireites chief executive from Carol Wilby, who leaves the B2net stadium at the end of the month after speculation about her position.

The former Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland and Manchester United keeper’s expertise looks vital given Chesterfield’s position.

He arrives at the B2net Stadium with Chesterfield at the foot of the table, having won only three of their 21 games so far this season.

Despite that, he added: “I’m excited about this football club going forward.”

When Turner joined Pools as boss in 1999 he saved the club from relegation and built the side which won promotion under Mike Newell in 2003.

But he insists he has no designs on managing the Spireites and all his efforts will be focused on helping current boss John Sheridan.

“I’ve moved on, I’m going in a different direction,” he told BBC Radio Sheffield. “If anyone thinks I’m going to be looking over the manager’s shoulder – I’m not.

“I know League One very well and having seen Chesterfield play a couple of times this season, I know they are well capable of staying in this division.”