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GT looks ahead to 2014

31 December 2013

Manager determined to drive Town forward

Graham Turner has spoken of his determination to lead Shrewsbury Town forward in 2014.

The Greenhous Meadow manager admits recent results have been "stomach churning" but as Town get ready to kick off a new year at Oldham Athletic tomorrow, he's outlined his hopes for 2014.  

"If I'm still manager this time next year I'll be absolutely delighted as it means that we've done okay," said Graham.

"You wake up in the morning with that determination to put it right. You couldn't possibly finish a 35 year career on what we're doing at the moment, that would really hurt if that happened, so there is a driving force there, a determination.

"I've had terrific support while I've been back here and I would like to repay that support so, from a personal point of view, there's a lot still to achieve." 

Offering an insight into what's life is like for a manager when results don't go your way, Graham added: "You still have sleepless nights and it still concerns you. I always think the morning after the game is the worst part when you wake up and it dawns on you that you've lost the game or two games on the trot or, in our case, a few more at the moment at home.

"I think the day it stops having an affect on you is the day that again you should pack up so it's stomach churning at the moment.

"I get a little twitch in my eye every now and again with the stress so it's never changed in that respect.

"We're obviously in the midst of a poor run of results, particularly at home, where for a number of seasons now it's been a stronghold for us.

"To lose four on the trot at home is a record we couldn't see coming. We didn't particularly envisage anything like this happening but it has."

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