Mick Halsall: Turner is the greatest

Chris Turner is the greatest Posh manage of all-time.
Chris Turner is the greatest Posh manage of all-time.
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Former Peterborough United captain Mick Halsall has described Chris Turner as a true club ‘great’

Like everyone else in the Posh community, Halsall is mourning the loss of Turner, who passed away yesterday (April 27) aged 64.

Halsall was manager Turner’s captain when Posh completed back-to-back promotions in the early 1990s with a play-off final win at Wembley.

“Great is a word used too loosely at all levels of football,” Halsall, who is a now a youth coach at Notts County, said. “But it applies in this case. When I heard the news yesterday I spent all last night thinking about the great man.

“What he achieved at Posh was just incredible, particularly as a manager. He lifted the club out of the doldrums and put it firmly on the map. Posh have had success since, but Chris started the ball rolling and I was fortunate to be around him through a fantastic period for the club.

“He could be a ruthless bugger, but he was a loveable bugger. He did things like dropping players for the right reason and he had the character and the personality to pull anything off.

“Chris was known as a tough man, but he also had a heart. He was brilliant with me and my family in my time at Posh. He was far more thoughtful than people gave him credit for.

“He was also a better coach than many people realised. He was strict with us, but he knew how to play to get the best out of the players he had. His man management was the best I ever knew.

“To be honest it was a big, sad loss when Chris started to downhill as he obviously wasn’t the same man, but now he’s passed it’s really sunk in what a great man he was.

“His achievements should never be forgotten and it’s great news that Posh have already started planning for a suitable memorial at London Road. No-one deserves it more.”