Palmer, Maritzburg part ways


Palmer was the man responsible for guiding Maritzburg United back into the PSL.

“It is official now. I will not be continuing as head coach at Maritzburg United. I consider myself available for another coaching job that may be available,” reveals Palmer.

“However, I wish the club well on their return to the PSL. I obviously hoped that I would continue with the team in the PSL after helping them through the rough ride in the First Division. But it has reached a point where management and my representatives are not able to reach a common ground with regards to the extension of my contract.

“Maritzburg is in the past for me. I hold no grudges against anyone at the club because I accomplished what I set out to do when I arrived at the beginning of the season. Although I will not be with the club anymore I am proud of what I did for them because I built a team from scratch after most of the players that had been with the team in the PSL left,” says Palmer.

While Palmer declares his relationship with United is over, club boss Farouk Kadodia had earlier on maintained that the former FC AK mentor is staying on.

“Ian Palmer is staying on as our coach,” he said.

“The issue of the coaching job will be settled by Sunday evening before the team starts training on Monday. There have been other coaches that have been mentioned to us, like Farouk Khan, Steve Komphela, Gordon Igesund, Boebie Solomons and Owen da Gama, but nothing is happening with any one of them,” says Kadodia.

However, has it on good authority that Gordon Igesund could be the man succeeding Palmer, although Owen da Gama has not been completely ruled out.

Palmer, a former Orlando Pirates striker who has also coached at Mabopane Young Masters and Manning Rangers, is back at his home in Florida, Johannesburg.

“I am planning on going on a short internship in Sweden and Germany soon, where I will be attached with clubs there to help improve my coaching expertise.

“Everything is set, unless, of course, another job becomes available to me. After that, I am planning on doing my UEFA B licence, something that I had put on hold because of the coaching job at Maritzburg United.”