Turner appointed as Shrewsbury boss

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Graham Turner has been named as the new manager of Shrewsbury, making an emotional return to the club he both played for and managed over 30 years ago.

The 62-year-old only last Friday ended his 15-year association with Hereford when he sold his shareholding in the club, bringing the curtain down on his time as chairman, chief executive and manager at Edgar Street.

But he has made a swift return to the game back on familiar territory, having made over 350 appearances for the Shrews from 1973-1983 and also managing the club between 1978 and 1984.

Turner became Town's most successful ever boss during his six-year stint in charge, guiding the Shropshire outfit into England's second tier in his first season at the helm back in 1978/79 and to two FA Cup quarter-finals.

His appointment brings an end to a lengthy six-week selection process to find a replacement for Paul Simpson, who was sacked following the club's failure to secure at least a Coca-Cola League Two play-off spot.

Turner, who has also managed both Aston Villa and Wolves, has agreed a three-year contract with the option of a further 12 months as director of football.