Notts County CEO Jason Turner passes away

Jason Turner

Notts County CEO Jason Turner has died, the club has announced.

In a statement, the club said its much-loved boss passed away suddenly last night at the age of just 50 years old.

Turner was appointed as CEO at Meadow Lane in 2016 having previously worked for Bath City, Newport County, Plymouth Argyle and Cardiff City.

He “devoted himself to the club thereafter”, County said.

“He was an outstanding CEO.”

The National League club will be closed until Monday at the earliest following the tragic news.

A statement from Turner’s mother, Jen, and father David, reads: “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.”

The footballing community has been quick to pay tribute on social media.

Hollywood A-lister Ryan Reynolds, co-owner of Notts County’s promotion rivals Wrexham, immediately sent his condolences to “the entire @Official_NCFC organization” and was swiftly followed by a host of East Midlands clubs and teams from further afield.

Former England and Everton legend Peter Reid described Turner as a “wonderful gentleman.”

County’s star striker Macaulay Langstaff posted: “Devastated by this news. An unbelievable man and one of the very best I’ve ever came across in football. There’s not many people who would put everyone else before themselves but he was one of them. RIP Jason, thank you for everything mate.”