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8th March 2005 19:18

Palmer set for Stags job
Press Assoc, 08/03/05

Carlton Palmer will be officially unveiled as manager of Coca-Cola League Two Mansfield on Wednesday.

Palmer took over the role of caretaker manager when Keith Curle left the club in controversial circumstances last November having been accused of bullying one of the club's trainees.

Former England defender Curle lost his appeal against unfair dismissal last week - paving the way for Palmer to be named his full-time successor. A club spokesman said: "We expect to make a formal appointment and send the press release out on Wednesday, probably in the morning."

The spokesman continued: "We've managed to get everything out of the way - the Keith Curle situation as far as we are concerned is done and dusted, and there's nothing more to say on the matter.

"We've agreed the deal with Carlton. He's happy, the lawyers are drawing up the contracts as we speak, and it's just a case of dotting the i's and crossing the t's."

Palmer has already made a big impact during his short time at Field Mill, both on and off the field.

Last week he told striker Derek Asamoah he "will not play for Mansfield again" after accusing the player of showing "total disregard for the management team, his team-mates and the club".

And he criticised the club's own supporters after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury, when he threatened to walk away for what he perceived to be a lack of support from the terraces.

However, Palmer appears to have realised his future does lie at Field Mill, having turned down a long-term deal with the BBC to work as a pundit in order to continue his management career.


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