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Turner quits as Hartlepool United director of sport

Chris Turner
Turner's second spell at Pools saw a struggle in League One last season

Chris Turner has resigned as director of sport at League One side Hartlepool United with immediate effect.

Turner took charge of first-team affairs in December 2008, after Danny Wilson left Victoria Park to join divisional rivals Swindon Town.

The post was the 51-year-old's second stint at the club, having first managed Pools between 1999 and 2002.

Former Carlisle and Gretna boss Mick Wadsworth will lead the club in Saturday's trip to Yeovil Town.

Pressure had built up on Turner following last season's battle against the drop in League One, which despite survival, ended in controversy with a three-point deduction for fielding the ineligible Gary Liddle in a 2-0 win at Brighton in April.

After a summer where Wadsworth arrived as an assistant, the current campaign had started well for the club, with Hartlepool easing past Championship side Sheffield United in the Carling Cup, and recording two draws in their opening league fixtures.


The departure ends an association with Hartlepool that began when the Yorkshireman was appointed manager in February 1999, and enjoyed a relatively successful three years at Victoria Park.

Although unable to halt the slide into the then-Division Three in the 1998-99 season, Pools finished in the play-off places three seasons running under Turner's stewardship, before an offer from hometown team Sheffield Wednesday lured him away from Teesside in 2002.

Having failed to translate his success to Hillsborough, Turner then joined Stockport, before moving back to Hartlepool in the director of sport role in 2006, and took on full management duties two years later.

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