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Faversham Town caretaker boss Clive Walker does not think Ray Turner will go back as manager

Faversham caretaker boss Clive Walker can’t see Ray Turner going back to the club.

Turner has been linked with the vacant manager’s job, following the sacking of Phil Miles and Danny Chapman last month.

He brought huge success to Salters Lane during a seven-year reign, reaching two Isthmian South East play-off finals and another semi-final before resigning last October.

But Walker, who served as Turner’s assistant, says he won’t be coming back.

Former Faversham manager Ray Turner, left, with Clive Walker
Former Faversham manager Ray Turner, left, with Clive Walker

“I wouldn’t have thought so,” said Walker. “I speak to him but I don’t think so.

“I don’t know what he’s thinking, he’s his own man, but I don’t think so. He won’t be coming back.

“Whoever takes over, the club need to stabilise, get halfway up the table and look to next season.

“They might win 14 games in a row, you don’t know, but realistically it’s about building for next season. It’s not easy but we’ll see how it goes.

“I’m sure it’s still an attractive job.”

Walker is likely to remain in charge for Faversham’s trip to Isthmian South East bottom club East Grinstead this Saturday as the process of recruiting a new manager continues.

The Lilywhites have been boosted by the return of midfielder Luke Griffiths after a spell at Herne Bay, with Walker given the nod to make signings.

He said: “We need players because we’ve not got the biggest squad in the world.

“I don’t think Luke wanted to leave in the first place – he wanted to come back.

“We need a few more players but it’s a funny one when you’re not actually doing the job.

“I wouldn’t have thought we’ll have anyone else in for Saturday but you never know.”

East Grinstead are winless at the foot of the table but Faversham, who sit 14th, know history is against them.

Walker said: “It’s always hard for us there. I don’t know why.

“It’s just one of those places where whatever you do, you never win.

“You get that in football sometimes. I don’t know the answer to it.

“It also works the other way where whatever you do, you never lose. That’s just how it is.”

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