Chris Turner becomes new Chesterfield chief executive

Chris Turner
Turner resigned as Hartlepool director of sport in August 2010

Former goalkeeper Chris Turner has been confirmed as the new chief executive of League One bottom club Chesterfield.

The 53-year-old replaces Carol Wilby, who leaves at the end of the month after speculation about her position.

Turner was a member of Sheffield Wednesday's 1991 League Cup-winning team and also played for Sunderland and Manchester United.

He later moved into management with Leyton Orient and also had spells with Hartlepool, Wednesday and Stockport.

But Turner insisted his arrival at Chesterfield would not affect the position of manager John Sheridan.

"I've moved on, I'm going in a different direction," he told BBC Radio Sheffield. "If anyone thinks I'm going to be looking over the manager's shoulder - I'm not."

Turner's last job in football was as director of sport at Hartlepool but he resigned in August 2010.

He arrives at the B2net Stadium with Chesterfield at the foot of the table, having won only three of their 21 games so far this season.

Despite that, he added: "I'm excited about this football club going forward."