PAUL TURNER - IN HIS OWN WORDS“The statistics don’t lie, we’ve been the bottom Welsh team for the last three years." No Paul, it's actually four. (1 September 2009)
"Calvisano have a strong squad and will be a big challenge, but we are ready for this match," prior to the make or break fixture in Italy on May 29.
"As you know, we had a three year plan, and this was year one; bring in some outside experience, a couple of ex all-blacks, and that has gone pretty well." Paul Turner summing up 2008-9 on the draggedup website. Sorry, but I thought this was year four of his plan?
“I wanted explanations in the dressing-room because I could have lived with 29-3 – but to throw away 14 points at the end is unacceptable and rubbish,” said Turner after the Dragons 43-3 to Edinburgh on May 10.
"The supporters will be disappointed but having to play in the Challenge Cup is not a big deal to me" after defeat by Overmach Parma in June 2006 meant Turner's team achieved the almost impossible, failure to qualify for the Heineken Cup.
"I'm absolutely fuming, I'm going back to London." Turner heads home to London (not Gwent?) after the Dragons 13-11 loss to Gloucester, 30 November 2007.
“I’m just generally cheesed off. Being here is a great place to come and parade your skills and many of our side did that today. I don’t think Gloucester actually won it today, I think we lost it.” after Gloucester 25 Newport Gwent Dragons 20 in October 2008.
"This will be remembered as the one that got away," he said. "We made too many errors in the third quarter and it’s not the first time, it’s happened two or three times before. It’s something we’ve got to put right, we’ve got to be able to see games off. We can’t afford to make these mistakes, that’s what killed us tonight. We are a more than capable side, but we’ve got to turn narrow defeats into victories" After New Years Day 2009 defeat to Llanelli Scarlets.
"We are not that far away, but we're not going to win those big matches if we don't get that bit of quality into our squad. We have played a good European side out there today, no matter what people say, and we came up short, which is disappointing" After defeat to Treviso in December 2007.
"We went to sleep then and it was game gone," he admitted. "It's hugely disappointing after you guys built us up only for them to hit the straps with four tries in 20 minutes and blew us away. But we've got a tight knit squad and this sort of thing can happen." after a home drubbing by London Irish in November 2007.
“We were on the ropes a little bit at the end and to lose the second half 19-0 was disappointing,” added Turner. “We got too indisciplined and dropped off too many tackles and, against a quality side, they will always punish you. It’s disappointing, but we are still building. We came to a place like this and competed." After defeat to Leinster in late November 2008."You shouldn't be happy with defeat but we had a lot of 20-year-olds playing again. Most of them put their hands up and it was just crucial errors that let them win the game. " after defeat at Cardiff in May 2007.
"We're really disappointed with the manner of that defeat because it was within our control. We lost control at the crucial time, first by giving away possession, then with our indiscipline. It's a disappointed changing room, but we've come a long way this season." after defeat to Leinster April 2007.
"Coach Paul Turner read the riot act after a Felipe Contepomi masterclass dealt another massive blow to the Dragons' Heineken Cup hopes" - South Wales Argus 6/11/2006." He said "I'd thought we'd come on over the last few months but this result is no better than what we got here last year."
“We lost a fair few games by a couple of points last season when they were there to be taken. But we’ve learnt from that and it shouldn’t happen again.” He told Robin Davey on 4/9/2008. Davey put his own unique spin on it. "On many occasions he entered the media room after matches when his team had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. "
"I'm bitterly disappointed, at 16-0 up we fell asleep and they showed what a strong team they are. " after Ulster won 22-19 in Newport in September 2005.
"We shot ourselves in the foot and I have read the riot act in there..We have got to grow up a lot quicker than we are." after defeat in Edinburgh in April 2007.
"But I'm really pleased that as a group we've talked this week about coming to this place and frightening the hell out of them, and I think we frustrated them." April 2008 after an away defeat to the Ospreys.
"There must have been six or seven opportunities to score, but we've played ourselves into defeat. I'm speechless and words fail me really." April 2008 - the first time Connacht had beaten the Dragons at Rodney Parade and their first success in Wales for nearly four years.
Question (BBC) Who inspires you in the world of rugby? Paul Turner: I'm a big fan of the Australian Rugby League. They tend to inspire me as they've got good players, good skills, things that we learnt growing up in the Gwent streets, sidestepping, beating players, all that type of thing.
“I am proud of what we are doing here at the Dragons and representing the area I grew up in. The coaching team and myself have worked hard to develop local talent and I am glad that I have been given the opportunity to continue this development." following his contract extension up to May 2010.
And others “The Dragons are playing quite well this season with Paul Turner doing a good job as coach. If we can keep this side for two or three seasons we will have some success as a region.” David Watkins 12 March 2009 after four years of Turner as coach.
“This will allow the Dragons to build on the strong foundations laid by the coaches, players, staff and directors here at the Dragons in recent years. We have discussed at length what we are trying to achieve and Paul understands the financial position we have to work within. I thank Paul and his team for their work so far in developing the squad and providing the opportunities for Welsh talent to emerge." Gethin Jenkins, Rodney Parade Chief Exec on Turner's reappointment up to May 2010.