Brown expects good reception for Turner
Published : 11 Sep 2009 12:39:00
Hull manager Phil Brown has urged the club's fans to remember former captain Michael Turner's achievements when he lines up against the Tigers for new club Sunderland on Saturday. Turner joined the Black Cats on transfer deadline day and although Brown admits the defender's "mind, heart and soul" were elsewhere at the time, he does not expect him to get a rough ride from the travelling fans at the Stadium of Light. Turner was a key figure in the club's surprise elevation from second-tier strugglers to Premier League survivors, figuring in all but four of the 137 league and play-off matches during his time in East Yorkshire. His record, which also included 59 consecutive league appearances before signing for Sunderland, is not one Brown thinks will be easily forgotten. "I think he'll get a good reception, I don't see any reason why there shouldn't be," he said. "He's been a fabulous servant, took the club from bottom of the Championship and had three wonderful years here. Michael has been a stalwart of the club and we wish him well in the future. "What disappointed me was that his head was turned by other Premier League clubs and then Sunderland came in and he went there. His mind, heart and soul had gone by the end of it. It hadn't gone to Sunderland originally but it had by deadline day."