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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 May, 2003, 13:27 GMT 14:27 UK
Turner wields the axe
Norwegian Trond-Egil Soltvedt
Soltvedt joined the club in February 2001
Sheffield Wednesday boss Chris Turner has released eight out-of-contract players after the Hillsborough club's relegation to Division Two.

Goalkeeper Paul Evans, defenders Ashley Westwood, Danny Maddix and David Burrows, midfielders Trond-Egil Soltvedt, Phil O'Donnell and Simon Donnelly and utility man Tony Crane have all been told they have no future at the club.

Turner succeeded Terry Yorath as manager in November 2002 but although performances improved he was unable to save Wednesday from the drop.

"It is time for a fresh start at Sheffield Wednesday," he said.

"These players contributed tremendously at the end of the season but we have to move on and it is time to bring in new faces."

We need some new impetus and that means bringing in new players
Chris Turner

In the last fortnight Ryan Green, Calem Connolly and Michele di Piedi have also been released, while on-loan striker Leon Knight has returned to Chelsea.

Promising winger Richard Evans, signed from Birmingham on a short-term contract on transfer deadline day, has been offered a one-year deal.

"It's difficult for any manager when you have to tell players you are releasing them," Turner said.

"Several have already made strides towards a new career and several have also done well for me.

"But we've got to move forward, we need some new impetus and that means bringing in new players."

Several of the released players were on big salaries and with them off the wage bill Turner has more flexibility to recruit players.


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