Palmer dismisses talk of his sacking

2011-12-08 00:00

MARITZBURG United coach Ian Palmer says that calls for his head will not put him under any extra pressure going into next weekend’s PSL match against Jomo Cosmos at Harry Gwala stadium.

The club has this week been forced to deny that Palmer is on the verge of being fired after a poor run of results that has seen his side claim two points from a possible 18.

“I want to make sure that I go into that game calm and relaxed so that I can make the right decisions,” Palmer told The Witness yesterday. “Every game that I coach is a pressure game.”

Palmer said he is not sure where the mumblings of his imminent dismissal began, but he understands why they exist.

“If we don’t meet our targets then I understand why people would start asking questions,” he said.

“It is a bit disturbing to hear things like this, but I don’t read too much into it and it is pure speculation.”

Palmer has met members of the board since the story broke.

“The chairperson has phoned me and we have met and they have assured me that there is no truth to any of it.

“I am still Maritzburg United coach and I am still confident that we can get out of this rough patch.”

Palmer explained that his primary concern at the moment is not his job security but his players.

“Things like this affect the players as well and this is a time when we all need to give them our support; once they have our backing they will die for us.

“We [Palmer and the players] made a pledge today to go out there and give nothing short of our best in every game we play.”

Palmer has urged his players to free their minds of the pressures surrounding the Cosmos match.

“They are not out there playing for their lives,” he said. “They must go out there, have fun and play for the three points.”

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