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2nd March 2005 15:26

Evening Post, 02 March 2005

Carlton Palmer is poised to accept the Mansfield Town manager's job permanently - and Paul Holland will be appointed as his assistant.

Following the rejection of former manager Keith Curle's appeal against his sacking, Palmer is discussing a deal which would keep him at Field Mill until the end of next season.

Former assistant manager John Gannon confirmed he has accepted a settlement.

Stags chairman Keith Haslam said: "I feel sympathy for Keith but it is out of the way and we can concentrate on football now."

Curle says he intends to pursue the matter, adding: "It's out of my hands now. It's with my lawyers and we're going to take this to the High Court. I want to clear my name."

A League Managers' Association spokesperson said: "The LMA have supported Keith throughout and the case is now with lawyers who have stated that Keith has a good claim for wrongful dismissal."

Meanwhile, 6ft 6in Barnsley striker Fola Onibuje is on trial at Field Mill.

The Nigerian-born 20-year-old has made a handful of substitute appearances for the Yorkshire club.

"I'm working on one or two things," said Palmer. "We're trying to bring a striker in and a wide player.

"We're looking to bring in young players from higher divisions."

Palmer added that he hopes to finalise a deal with winger Adam Rundle by the end of the week.

Derek Asamoah continues to train - despite being told he will not play for the club while Palmer is in charge.

"We've had three or four inquiries for him and I am waiting for one or two clubs to come back to me," said the manager, who wants a fee for the striker.

"I've made my decision and the sooner he moves the better."
Curle sacking is upheld
CHAD website, 01 March 2005

THE Keith Curle saga continues at Field Mill and the former manager now looks likely to take the club to the High Court for 'wrongful dismissal'.
But this week's decision to uphold the original Curle sacking decision now looks likely to see Carlton Palmer appointed as full time manager.
Curle was dismissed as manager after being suspended pending an investigation over internal allegations of 'bullying'.
Curle, sacked after an independent inquiry into the allegations, subsequently appealed against that decision, sparking another internal investigation by a different independent person.
Curle revealed the first was presided over by Alan Meale MP and the second by one of the club's associate directors.
However, the League Managers Association announced on Monday: "Curle's appeal against his dismissal for 'gross misconduct' has been rejected by Mansfield Town.
"The outcome of the final Appeal Hearing was received by Curle on 25th February after drawn out procedures that began with his suspension back on 9th November last year.
"The LMA have supported Curle throughout and the case is now with lawyers who have stated that Curle has a good claim for 'wrongful dismissal'."
Former England defender Curle, who took Mansfield to the Play-off final at Cardiff last season, said: "I would like to thank Stags fans for all their support both while I was at the club and since I was sacked.
"I am unable to say too much about this ongoing fiasco. But when the time is right they will be made fully aware of all the facts. They deserve to know the truth.
"But right now they have to understand that things have to be done in the right way and everything is being dealt with through the appropriate channels."
Stags chairman Keith Haslam said: "As the LMA statement says we have upheld our decision to sack Keith Curle.
"We have taken a lot of time and consideration over this issue but we still came up with this decision and we stand by it.
"We feel we have made the right decision and are now in a position to look to the future and appoint a new manager."
Halsam confirmed that talks with current caretaker-manager Carlton Palmer are ongoing and he hoped to be able to make an announcement within seven days.
A verbal agreement has been reached over a settlement figure with former assistant manager John Gannon, who was suspended over a separate matter.
BBC Nottingham online:
Updated 11.40am 01.03.05
The Mansfield Town chairman Keith Haslam has been speaking about the Keith Curle situation, what's happening with Carlton Palmer and the latest on John Gannon's suspension. Here his interview with BBC Radio Nottingham's Stags correspondent David Jackson.


Updated 08.55am 01.03.05
Mansfield Town have rejected Keith Curle's appeal against his sacking as manager. The club is now free to appoint a permanent replacement. Curle was suspended at the beginning of November amid rumours of bullying, and was then sacked five weeks later after an investigation into his conduct. The former England international defender has always protested his innocence and, with the help of the League Managers Association, appealed against the decision. That appeal, though, has now been rejected by Mansfield Town, leaving the club free to appoint a new manager. The favourite for the role is current caretaker boss Carlton Palmer - he's been in temporary charge for the past three and a half months and is keen to take the job on a more long term basis. Curle, though, isn't likely to leave it there - his lawyers say he has a strong claim for wrongful dismissal and he could well go to a tribunal to have his case heard in court.
http://www.leaguemanagers.com, 28 Feb 2005

Keith Curle's appeal against his dismissal for Gross Misconduct has been rejected by Mansfield Town Football Club. The outcome of the final Appeal Hearing was received by Keith Curle on 25th February 2005 after drawn out procedures that began with his suspension back on 9th November 2004.

The LMA have supported Keith throughout and the case is now with lawyers who have stated that Keith has a good claim for Wrongful Dismissal.



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