Hard work was the key to Posh’s success
CHRISTURNER didn’t hesitate when asked to explain the secret to his managerial genius soon after the game.
“It’s just about working hard and everyone pulling in the same direction,” said the man who led Posh to back-to-back promotions.
Turner had been hired by eccentric chairman John Devaney in January 1991 to rescue a Posh team labouring in mid-table obscurity in Division Four.
The former Posh skipper and centre-half had been driving a van for a living when he got the call, but Devaney remembered the job he did on a shoestring budget at Cambridge United.
And the transformation was immediate, Not only did Posh clinch automatic promotion from the basement division on the last day of the 1990-91 campaign, within 12 further months they were eagerly anticipating league fixtures against the likes of Derby, Wolves and West Ham.
Turner said: “You couldn’t write a script about what happened in those 16 months and what we went on to achieve the following season in Division One (they achieved a club record high Football League finish of 10th).
“But there was no real secret. It was unbelievable and hard to take in at times, but we just trained hard and gave 100 per cent in every game.
“We were well-organised and highly-motivated. What we did at such a relatively small club was astonishing.
“But we did it because the chairman, the management, the players, the backroom staff and the players all pulled in the same direction.
“Wembley was the greatest sporting moment of my life, but that season just delivered great memory after great memory.
“We beat Newcastle and Liverpool, we set a new club record for consecutive wins (9) and then we won promotion at Wembley with a last-minute goal.
“Things don’t tend to get any better than that.”