By Clarence Rode
June 5 2009
Chris Turner has managed to create more close-season interest in Hartlepool United than there has been for years, but he doesnít even know if he will be manager when the new season starts in August. Turner told fans at his talk-in with Adam Boyd that owners IOR have told him to put the squad together, but have not given him any clues on the bossís job.
Turner stepped across from his Director of Sport post to take over when Danny Wilson left in mid-season and managed to save a disorganised and at times dispirited squad from relegation - just.
The season was hardly over when he re-signed Adam Boyd, and with other new players either signed or on the way, the fans are beginning to feel very up-beat about next season after nine months of frustration and worry in 2008-09.
Turner told the fans at Rovers Quoit Club that IOR have not told him what the plans are for the manager’s job, and asked if he would take it if offered he basically hedged his bets by saying there were good arguments for going either way.
He added that more signings are in the pipeline and also said that Ben Clark (right) will be regarded as a central defender next season, that Michael Mackay could be a player to watch, that Sam Collins will be better because he will play on the right of new signing Peter Hartley, who is a naturally left-footed defender.
The evening was a huge success and illustrated Turner’s determination to repair damaged links between supporters and the club.
He told the fans that he was aware of breakdowns and admitted that neither the team nor the club has performed very well over the last two seasons.
Whether his boss Ken Hodcroft would agree with that is open to question.
Either way, though, Turner did a magnificent job of building fences and when he added that he wants to see a return of the old passion on and off the pitch, he was given 100 per cent backing.
Not a ball has been kicked yet, they haven’t even started pre-season training, but Turner is making all the right noises.