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MACCA HITS BACK AT PALMER
30th November 2004 18:29


Evening Post, 30 Nov 04
(thanks to Kirkie for the transcription)

Neil Mackenzie has hit back at Mansfield Town caretaker manager Carlton Palmerafter being sent on loan to Macclesfield.

The 28 year old said Palmer had taken him to one side when he arrived and said he was a major part of his plans as an attacking midfielder.

But after the match at Colchester, Palmer told Mackenzie he would not fit into his 4-4-2 formation and the move had been set up.

Palmer faced critiscm from fans after the defeat to Orient on Saturday after sending Mackenzie on loan.

He responded by critisicing the midfielder's scoring record and claimed Curle had set the move up before he arrived.

But Mackenzie said "I have spoken to Keith Curle and he said Macclesfield made an approach but Curle told them that Mackenzie was unavailable. But they have tried again and Palmer has taken a different view".

"It is ridiculous how he is talking me up, then within 90 mins of a match he wants me out."

"If that is how he can change then it does not look good for Mansfield Town's future. I told him the way he had changed his mind was a joke"

Meanwhile, chairman Keith Haslam has said the internal inquiry into Curle's suspension should be complete this week. And Mackenzie added: "I do not know what is going on with the managerial situation. We respect Keith Curle and the way it has been dealt with is a bit shabby. Nobody knows what is happening and it is affecting the players."

 

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