{ the news }
An independent supporters' website dedicated to Mansfield Town FC
Archived News from November 2005

25th November 2005 0:12

The interview from Mansfield 103.2


Stags manager Carlton Palmer has resigned following the 2-0 defeat at Rochdale this afternoon.

Official site:

Stags Boss Carlton palmer Quits Field Mill. Following the 2-0 defeat at Rochdale's Spotland Stadium this afternoon a dejected Carlton Palmer announced to his players that he will be resigning the post of the Stag's manager.

"I have had a good career and I don't need to take the abuse from the crowd. Keith Haslam is a good mate of mine and I want to keep it that way so I will be stepping down as manager. I have told the players and Peter Shirtliffe and will be formally speaking to the Chairman.

"They are a great set of lads and I wish them all the best. I will take a holiday now and take stock of things." He said in his post match interview.

In the meantime Palmer's number two Peter Shirtliffe will be taking charge of the squad until a new manager has been found.
Palmer resigns as Mansfield boss

Carlton Palmer resigned as Mansfield manager after his side lost 2-0 at Rochdale on Saturday.
The former England midfielder has seen his team slip to third from bottom of League Two, with only six points from their first nine matches.

Palmer's assistant Peter Shirtliff will take charge until the club appoints a new boss.

"I have had a good career and I don't need to take the abuse from the crowd," Palmer told the club's website.

"Keith Haslam, the Mansfield chairman, is a good mate of mine and I want to keep it that way so I will be stepping down as manager.

"I have told the players and Peter Shirtliff and will be formally speaking to the chairman.

"They are a great set of lads and I wish them all the best. I will take a holiday now and take stock of things."
Radio Nottingham interview:
Rochdale official site :
Dale boss Steve Parkin was happy with the result despite a below par performance.

"I know we talked last week about keeping a clean sheet and the importance of doing so, but to be honest we were lucky to keep it especially with their lad missing that chance at the end.

"Mansfield had nothing to lose and everything to gain in the second half whilst we had everything to lose. We found it had to get the ball moving and the system didn't really work in the second half.

"Credit to the players who stuck at and sometimes you cannot always win in style, you have to grind out a result and I think that's what we did today.

"I didn't enjoy the chanting by the Mansfield Town fans and I know exactly how Carlton is feeling, I went through the same thing at Barnsley and it's not very nice. You feel as though the whole world is against you and I don't take any pleasure from our result being the one that broke the camels back."

There is more from the Dale boss on DaleWorld.

CHAD report:
Palmer quits after Rochale defeat
CARLTON Palmer resigned as Stags boss after they crashed 2-0 at Rochdale and had Jon Olav Hjedle dismissed this afternoon.

Already under mounting pressure, the defeat proved to be the final straw and Palmer said: "The chairman has been a friend of mine for 15 years and I think it is only fair I go now.
"So I have decided to resign and I have wished the players all the best. They are a good group of young players.
"I have achieved a lot in my career and I am not going to stand here taking that sort of abuse from the supporters. So I have told Peter Shirtliff to go in and see the chairman on Monday.
"I am going to go away on holiday now and leave this behind me for the moment. But I want to thank all the fans who did stick with me and hope things improve."
Trailing 1-0 to Blair Sturrock's 25th minute strike, Palmer even made a desperate double substitution after only 37 minutes after seeing the home side dominate.
Things did pick up for the Stags and they even began to boss the game for a time in the second half without ever really threatening to level.
But Hjelde's red card for a leading elbow on Alan Goodall on 65 minutes left them an even higher mountain to climb.
And Grant Holt's free header seven minutes from time sealed the points.
There was even time for Richie Barker to head over an open goal in stoppage time which summed up Mansfield's afternoon.
The away fans were calling for Palmer's head throughout the game as their side were left with just one win in nine League games.
Mansfield began with five in midfield, Jelleyman and Uhlenbeek operating as wing backs.
With Dawson failing a fitness test on his groin strain, the central midfield comprised Coke, McLachlan and Talbot.
Hjelde joined Day and John-Baptiste in the three-man central defence.
Stags began well enough and even forced an early corner.
But John-Baptiste had to head off the line on four minutes as Holt's header from a tight angle threatened to squeeze in from Lambert's free kick.
Stags' first shot on target saw Talbot shoot straight at Gilks from Jelleyman's pass.
Rochdale twice came close in the 12th minute. First Pressman had to parry Holt's splendid low shot on the turn. And then Lambert's neat footwork saw him get between two opponents before getting in a low 25 yarder that whistled just wide of goal.
A Holt cross from the right on 17 minutes almost crept under the bar and Pressman had to help the ball over the bar at the last minute.
Then Sturrock's shot on the turn deflected wide before Sturrock finally made a deserved 25th minute breakthrough for the Lancastrians.
Holt's cross should have been cleared by Hjelde. But he let in Jones whose pass was clinically dispatched across Pressman by Sturrock.
The formation clearly wasn't working for the visitors, who were looking lightweight in the middle of the park, and, in desperation, Palmer brought off Talbot and McLachlan on 37 minutes and sent on Birchall and Rundle with John-Baptiste moving to midfield in a 4-4-2.
To their credit Stags did end the half in a stronger fashion with another corner and shots by Brown and Rundle that didn't really trouble Gilks.
Coke almost produced a sensational start to the second half for the visitors as he controlled Brown's cross and battled past two defenders but, from a tight angle, could only fire into the side netting.
Day then glanced his header wide from Rundle's free kick.
After Lambert had seen a powerful volley take a deflection wide at the other end, Stags roared back with another corner.
Uhlenbeek was booked for bringing down Sturrock in a 60th minute break for the home side.
But worse was to come as Hjelde crashed into Goodall and the referee adjudged he had led with an elbow and sent him off.
Rochdale went for the jugular against the 10 men and Holt sent a header against the post from a corner with Goodall putting the follow-up over.
Birchall tried his luck from 25 yards for the visitors but saw Gilks tip it over for a corner on 75 minutes - the first real save he had had to make.
Stags continued to press and a Birchall pass offered Barker a shot which deflected wide for the first of two Mansfield corners.
Littlejohn came on for his debut on 82 replacing earlier sub Rundle.
But it was the home side who sealed victory a minute later.
Jones floated in a free kick from the left and, offered a free header, Holt made no mistake from seven yards.
Jones warmed Pressman's hands from 25 yards soon after.
In stoppage time Brown put in a beautiful cross from the left which looped over Gilks to leave Barker with an open goal which he somehow headed over.
Even deeper into stoppage time Littlejohn sent a tame shot on the turn straight at Gilks as the afternoon ended in misery.
Rochdale 2 Mansfield Town 0
by Footymad

The Stags went down 2-0 at bogey team Rochdale, in a defeat that was to ultimately cost Carlton Palmer his job as Stags boss

Mansfield boss Carlton Palmer resigned from his position as manager after seeing the Stags slip to a 2-0 defeat away at Rochdale.

The Stags were lucky to be just one down at the break after Blair Sturrock scored on 25 minutes with a low angled drive past Stags goalkeeper Kevin Pressman.

There could have been more for Rochdale with two shots headed off the line while the goalkeeper was absent without leave as another one hit the woodwork.

Mansfield looked much better after half time, but if their approach play had improved their shooting had not, and several times they let Rochdale off the hook with imprecise marksmanship.
Richie Barker put a header over the top of an untenanted goal from a couple of yards out and only he will know how he managed to do this.

Jon Olav Hjelde was given his marching orders after 65 minutes when he appeared to elbow Rochdale's Alan Goodall in the face. After Hjelde had been given marching orders, as often happens, the Stags improved and gave Rochdale a few anxious moments.

But thanks to bad marksmanship, Rochdale held out and Grant Holt managed to get another one seven minutes from time, weaving his way through following a free kick from the left touchline.

All in all, it was a pretty poor day for Mansfield, but they produced a bit of verve late on without collecting the harvest for all their hard work and the odd touch of brilliance.
Rochdale official site report:
Stuart Ashworth at Spotland
Rochdale's 2-0 win over Mansfield Town spelt the end of the management career of Carlton Palmer as Stags boss.

Palmer resigned minutes after the final whistle after seeing his side lose again.

He said, "I've acheived a lot in my career and I'm not going to take that sort of abuse. I'm good friends with the chairman and I'm not going to let anything get in the way of that friendship, so I've resigned as manager."

On the playing side Dale boss Steve Parkin waved the axe in his bid to keep a clean sheet with Jon Boardman feeling the force of the blow. The former Woking defender was dropped from the squad with the combination of Griffiths and Gallimore taking the reigns in the centre of defence.

With four minutes on the clock Rochdale almost opened the scoring after Rickie Lambert dropped a right wing freekick on his head, but Baptiste nodded clear off the line with Pressman beat.

Rochdale settled well in the early stages and continued to push for the opener. Holt and Lambert were causing problems for the Mansfield defence and kept veteran 'keeper Kevin Pressman very busy.

Holt was unlucky after showing great strength to turn inside the box and drill in a low shot that Pressman parried to safety on 12 minutes.

60 seconds later strike partner Rickie Lambert showed good feet to get the better of two Stags defenders, but sadly his shot was just the wrong side of the upright.

Rochdale continue to enjoy the majority of the possesion and were going forward at will. Holt was again denied by Pressman as he attempted to curl a long range effort from the right hand side of the box. Pressman did well to push the ball over the bar at full stretch

Dale did get the goal their play deserved on 25 minutes and it was Blair Sturrock got his first for the club. Gary Jones capitalised on poor defending from a Grant Holt 'have it' style cross to stab to ball forward for Sturrock who in turn swept the ball home from 16-yards.

Mansfield Town boss Carlton Palmer then made a double substitution on 36 minutes to a chorus of you don't know what you're doing' from the travelling Stags fans, but to be fair, it did have an effect on the game as the visitors began to get the upper hand.

Sadly for the under fire boss his side never troubled Gilks in the remainder of the half, though the inaffectual home side gave the Rochdale manager something to chat about at half-time.

The second half saw a complete reversal in play with the visitors enjoying the best of the half as Dale failed to wake from their half-time slumber.

There was plenty of huff and puff from Mansfield Town but they never really troubled Matt Gilks. The Stags then shot themselves in the foot when Hjede was sent off after Alan Goodall caught the defenders elbow in the mouth.

Dale sealed the points on 83 minutes after quick-thinking from substitute Tommy Jaszczun who freekick found the head of Grant Holt and he steered his header wide of the despairing dive of Kevin Pressman.

With the game in injury time, Richie Barker should have pulled one back for the visitors, but his header in front an open goal flew over the bar.

It probably summed up the day for Steve Parkin's former side who subbed subs, changed formations after changing formations and missed the unmissable.


Latest | November 2005