Peterborough United manager Dave Robertson admits he has been inspired by legendary club manager Chris Turner.
The current Posh boss is in the final stages of his pre-season preparations before embarking on his first full season in the dugout. Posh host Cambridge United at the ABAX Stadium tomorrow (August 1, 3pm) in the Chris Turner Memorial match.
Despite taking control of the Posh reins 23 years after Turner, Robertson still draws inspiration from Turner’s illustrious career on and off the pitch and is determined to ensure that his side put on a display worthy of the great man.
Robertson said; “It will be a fantastic occasion and it deserves to be.
“Turner was a legend here at Peterborough United and at Cambridge United.
“The football match should be a very entertaining spectacle as that is the best way we can honour the great man.
“I know that both clubs are looking forward to the game and also looking forward to putting on a show.
“We want it to be entertaining, but it’s also a very important match as far as preparations for the new Football League season are concerned.
“It is fantastic for the two clubs to come together to commemorate such a magnificent person. It’s also an ideal fixture a week before the competitive season because it will be a game played at a good tempo.
“It will also be great for the fans to honour someone who did so much for both clubs.”
One key aspect of Turner’s management style that Robertson believes was key to his success was the commitment and determination that he demanded from his players at Peterborough and Cambridge.
Turner was known as a tough task-master, but he was also regarded as very fair.
He didn’t suffer fools gladly, but he was the most generous manager if you performed for him. Turner believed in hard work, discipline and 100 per cent commitment. His sides also played good football in the opposition half of the field.
Robertson added: “Chris was the sort of manager who wore his heart on his sleeve.His players wanted to play for the colour that they wore and they bought into his work-ethic and everything else that he demanded. You had to or you’d be out of the door!
“The players were always together as a team and I think any manager in the game can only look up to Chris Turner and draw inspiration from him.
“He had a positive impact on both clubs as a manager and as a player and also as an owner here at Peterborough. Everybody’s thoughts will be with Chris’s family and also the long lasting legacy that he has left behind.
“We are remembering a rock solid performer and a rock solid manager.
“We are remembering a great football character and a great man.”
Turner made his Posh debut as an 18 year-old in a Fourth Division game at Notts County in 1969.
He was a star centre-back for the 1973-74 Fourth Division title winners, but left the club after the final game of the 1977-78 Third Division season after Posh had failed to win promotion to the second tier of the Football League for the first time in the club’s history on goal difference.
But when Posh eventually did break into the old Division One in 1992 it was Turner who guided them there as a manager.
His Posh captain Mick Halsall said: “He was the greatest man manager and a better tactician than people gave him credit for.
“We were basically a bunch of scallywags when he turned up and within 18 months we had moved up two divisions.
“Chris was a great man as well as a great manager.”
Turner died in May aged 64 after a long battle against dementia.