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Chris Turner
Personal information
Full name Christopher Robert Turner[1]
Date of birth 15 September 1958 (1958-09-15) (age 51)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Hartlepool United (Director of Sport)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1979 Sheffield Wednesday 91 (0)
1978 Lincoln City (loan) 5 (0)
1978–1985 Sunderland 195 (0)
1985–1988 Manchester United 64 (0)
1988–1991 Sheffield Wednesday 75 (0)
1989 Leeds United (loan) 2 (0)
1991–1994 Leyton Orient 58 (0)
Teams managed
1994–1995 Leyton Orient
1999–2002 Hartlepool United
2002–2004 Sheffield Wednesday
2004–2005 Stockport County
2008–2009 Hartlepool United (caretaker)
2009– Hartlepool United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Christopher Robert "Chris" Turner (born 15 September 1958) is an English former footballer and manager. He is currently the caretaker manager at Hartlepool United and is in his second spell at the club after previously managing them in 1999. He has previously also managed Sheffield Wednesday and Stockport County.


Playing career

Born in Sheffield, where he attended Myers Grove School, he made 205 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday as a goalkeeper between 1976 and 1979, and 1988 and 1991. In between these two spells at Hillsborough, he played for Sunderland and Manchester United. He was a member of the Sunderland team that reached the final of the 1985 Football League Cup (where they lost 1–0 to Norwich City) but had more luck with Sheffield Wednesday when he played in their 1–0 victory over Manchester United in the 1991 League Cup final. He is a confirmed lifelong Wednesday fan.

Managerial career

He started his coaching career at Leyton Orient as joint manager with John Sitton, before moving to Leicester City and later Wolves, where he was appointed youth team coach.

His first solo managerial position came at Hartlepool United in 1999. Turner took over when Hartlepool were bottom of the Football League, saved them from relegation and turned them into promotion contenders. They gained promotion at the end of the 2002–03 season but Turner had moved back to his old club Sheffield Wednesday six months before the success was achieved under his successor Mike Newell.

Turner was appointed Wednesday manager in November 2002.[2] He faced with the difficult task of saving Wednesday from sliding into the third tier of the league for the first time in a quarter of a century. The Owls improved during the final stages of the season, achieving some strong results, but a 1–1 draw with fellow strugglers Brighton (who lost their fight to stay up on the final day) condemned them to relegation. Turner was optimistic of getting the Owls back into the Premiership by 2008, but their Division Two campaign in 2003–04 was dismal. They finished 16th in the table (their worst position for nearly 30 years) and were the division's lowest scorers with 48 goals. However, the side had been hampered by a significant injury list and this had contributed to their poor league form. In the summer of 2004, Chris Turner was given £500,000 to spend in the transfer market and built a team which ultimately won promotion at the end of the following season. However, Turner was controversially sacked in September 2004 after a slow start to the League One campaign leaving Wednesday languishing in 14th place.

Chris Turner returned to management with another financially insecure club, Stockport County, soon after being dismissed by debt-ridden Wednesday. County were bottom of League One at the time and survival proved too great a task for both the playing squad and Turner, and Stockport were relegated to League Two long before the end of the season. Despite a takeover by a Supporters' Trust and some promising signings, County struggled to find form in the early part of the 2005–06 season. By the end of November, Stockport had drawn eleven of their nineteen league games and won just two. December saw County in crisis, with a run of four consecutive defeats in the league, culminating in a humiliating 6–0 defeat by local rivals Macclesfield Town on Boxing Day. With Stockport now five points adrift at the bottom of the league, Chris Turner left the club by mutual consent on 27 December 2005.[3] Following Turner's departure, former Stockport player Jim Gannon took over as manager and oversaw a remarkable recovery which saw County retain their league status in a nail-biting finish to the season.

In 2006, Turner returned to Hartlepool in the newly created position of Director of Sport.[4] In December 2008, Turner took over as caretaker manager at Hartlepool following the departure of Danny Wilson, and at the end of the 2008–09 season it was announced that Turner would remain as permanent manager, albeit his title remained as Director of Sport rather than Manager.


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 621. ISBN 1852916656. 
  2. ^ "Turner handed Owls post". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 7 November 2002. Retrieved 11 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "Manager Turner leaves Stockport". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 27 December 2005. Retrieved 30 October 2007. 
  4. ^ "Former boss Turner back at Pools". BBC Sport. BBC News. 2006-02-20. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 

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