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29th May 2005 11:08

Ex-manager Palmer not happy with defender

By HattersMatters.com Staff
Date: 28/5/2005

Rob Clare looks set to be in big trouble with his dad after the defender did a u-turn on a transfer to Mansfield Town. Clare's decision to sign for County instead has prompted Stags manager Carlton Palmer to go running to the players dad which could result in Rob being grounded for at least a week.

Mansfield manager Carlton Palmer stated on the Stags official web site that Rob was set to sign for the Stags on a free transfer following his release from Blackpool, although things didn't quite go according to plan after the player opted to move back to County instead. Palmer has now lambasted the player following his decision to go back on his agreement.
Speaking after Rob decided to join County instead of Mansfield, Palmer said:

"I am quite shocked that it seems Rob Clare has gone back on our handshake, you expect agents to turn you over but not someone you know well and trust."

"I have spoken to Rob's father and he is disgusted with him as am I and the people who know him. Rob shook on a deal to come here two months ago and even came in to meet everyone last week."

"I realise he lives in Stockport and, even if for some reason he had changed his mind, he could have had the common decency to pick up a phone and let me know. I have tried to get in touch with him but he has not returned my calls and I can only assume the reports are true and he is going to Stockport."

"But I am not worried. I will just go out and bring in another centre half."

Palmer made a massive cock-up by claiming that Rob was going to sign for the Stags although it's no surprise as Palmer is known for announcing signings before they actually happen. Queens Park Rangers striker Andy Thomson was 'apparently' all set to a move to Edgeley Park, something which Palmer announced on the clubs web site, although the player decided against it and stayed where he was.


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