'No truth to talk of Palmer's imminent dismissal'

2011-12-07 00:00

HOW quickly a heated situation turns to smoke. And where there’s smoke there is supposedly fire.

But Maritzburg United were made to extinguish such thoughts yesterday by insisting that coach Ian Palmer will not be fired by the club.

The club’s communications officer Younus Kadodia told The Witness late last night that the club remains completely behind Palmer and that no such plans exist.

Kadodia said that the rumour surfaced on a Polokwane radio station on Monday and has gathered momentum since.

“There is absolutely no truth to the rumours,” Kadodia said.

“We still have 100% confidence in Ian.”

Local website Kickoff.com reported yesterday afternoon that “our source insists that Palmer’s days are numbered due to the fact that the club has failed to win a match since October 14, when they were beaten 7-0 by SuperSport United.”

It was also reported that Palmer would be given his marching orders yesterday.

Kadodia said that he has no idea where or how the rumour started.

“I don’t know how these things get started,” he said.

“But the board only met with Ian today [yesterday] and no such issues were discussed.”

Kadodia added that United’s next two games, against Jomo Cosmos on December 17 and Moroka Swallows on December 21, were crucial for the club.

“These two games before Christmas are very important for us and we have faith that Ian is the man to take us forward,” he said.

Palmer was named the PSL’s coach of the month for August/September after guiding United through a seven match unbeaten streak that saw them rise to third place on the PSL log.

He has since collected two League points from six outings.

The side has been unable to score in their last four PSL outings, including a 0-0 draw against AmaZulu on Sunday at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban.

• sport@witness.co.za

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