Hard work was the key to Posh’s suc­cess

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport -

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.”

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