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Ross Turnbull has a new club in Hartlepool United, but not as a player


Ross Turnbull has a new club in Hartlepool United, but not as a player

The goalkeeper played just one game for Leeds United in two seasons.

In the summer Leeds United underwent something of a goalkeeping overhaul. The West Yorkshire side decided Rob Green was not suited to Thomas Christiansen’s style of play. The veteran was gone, as was his backup Marco Silvestri. In came Felix Wiedwald and the returning Andy Lonergan. Neither player has worked out, with Bailey Peacock-Farrell now in between the posts on a regular basis.

But there was another Leeds goalkeeper who left in the summer. Ross Turnbull is a largely forgotten figure at Elland Road now. The Champions League winner with Chelsea signed in the summer of 2015 on a free transfer from Barnsley. He arrived with the hope of challenging Marco Silvestri for the number one spot at Leeds.

YORK, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Ross Turnbull of Leeds United clears the ball during the pre season friendly match between York City and Leeds United at Bootham Crescent on July 15, 2015 in York, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, he never got a chance. Turnbull played his first and only game against former club Doncaster Rovers in a League Cup tie that Leeds lost on penalties. He performed well in that game but, not long after, suffered a broken ankle in training.

His season was over and Turnbull never played another game for the club.

Chelsea’s goalkeeper Ross Turnbull participates during a Chelsea training session at Stamford Bridge in London, on March 15, 2010, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League second sound, second leg football match against Inter Milan. AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTON (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

So where is he now?

A free transfer since the summer Turnbull has not found himself playing again. But he is at another club. Turnbull is helping out an old pal at Hartlepool United in the National League.


Former Middlesbrough team-mate Matthew Bates is currently the caretaker manager with the Monkey Hangers, after the sacking of Craig Harrison in February.

The 31-year-old is attempting to keep Pool in the National League and has brought in Turnbull to help with the coaching. He is working with the goalkeepers at the club and helping Bates in the day-to-day running of proceedings at the club.

Whether he will stick around after the takeover which took place at the club this weekend. Turnbull is not signed on as a player at the club, and it seems that perhaps his time between the posts might be coming to an end.

Turnbull had a rough time at Leeds and no fans will begrudge him success in the coaching field.

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