Wrexham owner Ryan Reynolds has paid tribute to Jason Turner, the late CEO of Notts County, who passed away suddenly on Thursday night. Notts said that Turner, who had also worked for Bath City, Newport County, Plymouth Argyle and Cardiff City, had “devoted himself” to the club.
The club said in a statement: “We are devastated to report the loss of our much-loved chief executive, Jason Turner. He was an outstanding CEO who was respected across football.”
County said they would be closed until Monday at the earliest and that they would be making no further comment.
Notts County currently top the National League and are level on points with Wrexham, co-owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.
Putting his league title rivalry to one side, Reynolds, best known for Mississippi Grind and Deadpool, took to social media on Friday afternoon to share his condolences.
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Taking to Twitter, Reynolds penned to this 21.2m followers: “Just finished reading more about Jason Turner. Gone way too soon. Love and condolences to his family and the top-notch organization of @Official_NCFC.”
Turner had described being Notts’ chief executive as a “privilege”. In a statement, his parents Jen and David, said: “Words cannot describe our sadness following the loss of our beloved son, Jason.
“We know this feeling will be shared by all of his colleagues and his many, many friends. While we come to terms with this news, we ask for our family’s privacy to be respected.”
Notts captain Kyle Cameron described Turner as a “great man”. The defensive stalwart added: “He would bend over backwards for anyone and everyone involved in the club.
“I’m lost for words and heartbroken by the news. Thank you for everything Jason you will be missed greatly by everyone.”
Meanwhile, the English Football League said: “Jason was a friend of the EFL and to the many people who worked with him across the organisation and our clubs. It is deeply sad news and we extend our thoughts to his family, friends and colleagues.”
The Magpies are top of the National League following their victory over Altrincham on Tuesday, but have played two games more than title rivals Wrexham.
Premier League side Nottingham Forest, whose City Ground home is located less than 300 yards away from Notts’ Meadow Lane stadium, were among an outpouring of condolences sent to Turner’s family and the Magpies.
“The thoughts of everyone at Nottingham Forest are with Jason’s family, friends and all at Notts County during this difficult time,” the Reds tweeted.
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