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Turner: I was never in the running for Stanway job
FC CLACTON boss Ray Turner has admitted being flattered by speculation linking him with the manager’s job at Stanway Rovers.
But he insists there was never any truth in whispers suggesting he was about to succeed Steve Pitt at The Hawthorns.
Former Clacton boss Steve Pitt, who quit the Seasiders to take on the Stanway role in 2011, was sacked on Saturday afternoon.
Turner’s name was immediately put forward, given his strong associations with the club as a player and former assistant boss.
Some internet rumours even suggested the job was his if he wanted it, until Barry Lakin – Pitt’s assistant – was appointed on Tuesday lunchtime.
“It was all Chinese whispers,” said Turner.
“Rumours were flying about all weekend and I even had people phoning and texting me on the way back from Ely (where Clacton lost 4-2), more or less congratulating me on getting the Stanway job!
“Everyone had put two and two together, but I can categorically say I didn’t have any approach from Stanway Rovers.
“I didn’t speak to (chairman) Roy Brett or anyone from the committee and the last time I had any contact with them was on New Year’s Day, when they came to Clacton and we drew 2-2."
For the full story, see this week's Gazette - out today.