The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Ben Fisher

SHREWS­BURY man­ager Gra­ham Turner says that he is not ready to switch to a quiet life, and to prove it, he has just signed a deal to stay on as boss next sea­son.

The 65-year-old, who is the long­est serv­ing man­ager in English pro­fes­sional football, is about to come to the end of a three-year deal that he signed on his re­turn to the club in June 2010.

The ini­tial plan was for Turner to take over as di­rec­tor of football next sea­son and work in a more ad­vi­sory role, but the for­mer As­ton Villa boss will be stay­ing on the touch­line in­stead.

“I still get a great buzz out of it,” he said.

“I could just sit back at my time of life and en­joy the sun­shine. And I take noth­ing for granted. I know that, if re­sults don’t go well, I’ll be shown the door.

“But the board seem rea­son­ably happy with the job I’ve done, I’m work­ing with peo­ple I trust and I’m happy to carry on as we are.”

This sea­son Turner has not only kept the Shrews in League One in his 35th sea­son in man­age­ment, but also guided them to 16th in the ta­ble.

And club chair­man Roland Wy­cher­ley is de­lighted at the con­tin­ued sta­bil­ity.

“In a pe­riod where football clubs are see­ing so many tough chal­lenges through­out the leagues, we con­tinue to en­deav­our to pro­vide sta­bil­ity and con­ti­nu­ity at Shrews­bury,” he said.

“We only have to look at lo­cal clubs, for ex­am­ple Ch­ester and Wrex­ham, to see how clubs can suf­fer from pre­vi­ous poor man­age­ment or an over-zeal­ous ap­proach in or­der to gain suc­cess in a league can put the fu­ture of the club at risk.

“Through a com­bi­na­tion of the board’s strat­egy and Gra­ham’s knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence, we have se­cured our po­si­tion in League One with­out com­pro­mis­ing Shrews­bury Town Football Club, an achieve­ment which we are proud of.”

STAY­ING: Gra­ham Turner

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