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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 September, 2004, 13:52 GMT 14:52 UK
Sacked Turner backing Allen
Chris Turner
Chris Turner has urged Sheffield Wednesday fans to support chairman Dave Allen - who dismissed him as manager - as he tries to turn the club around.

"I hope everybody rallies round the chairman," said Turner, who was sacked after Saturday's defeat by Bournemouth.

"I hope he's successful, as contrary to what a lot of people say, he is passionate about Sheffield Wednesday.

"I have no doubts Dave Allen is the right man to continue taking the club forward," he added.

Turner, a lifelong Wednesday supporter himself, lost his job - along with his assistant Colin West - after 22 months in charge.

I've given it everything I had - we just needed more time
Chris Turner
Under Turner, the Owls failed to avoid relegation to the old Second Division (now League One), and have struggled to mount a promotion challenge at the lower level.

"When I took the job I knew from Wednesday's track record there was a fair chance of not being successful," he explained.

"But I took it because I'm confident in my own ability and I believe if we had had more time we would have achieved what we set out to achieve. I said when I came here it would take five years

The famous clock on top of the stand at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground
Turner feels that time finally ran out for him at Hillsborough
"I've given it everything I had and could not have done more - and we leave the club in a better position than when we arrived.

"We brought a whole new team in this summer, we've changed the culture and have left them with a lot of good young players. We just needed more time.

"Two weeks ago, the fans were ringing in saying they hadn't seen such good football for a long time - and two weeks later I'm sacked. That's football."

Turner admitted that the situation had been affected by Allen's battle with former Chelsea chairman Ken Bates, who has tried to buy the club - and threatened to sack Turner.

The former goalkeeper continued: "That whole Ken Bates saga has put a lot of pressure on people at Wednesday and that has not helped in any way.

"But the chairman has supported my decisions - and I've had to make some big ones. I've no bitterness towards anyone.

"I'll still support the club, I always have done and always will.

"And I think whoever comes in will turn it round because of the players we've brought here."






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