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CURLE SACKED
18th December 2004 19:18


Curle is sacked as Stags boss
CHAD website, 17 Dec 04
Mansfield Town FC Chairman Keith Haslam today announced that Keith Curle has been sacked from his position as manager of the football club.
The difficult decision was made as a result of the lengthy internal enquiry which followed allegations of an offence carried out by Curle.
The statement reads: "The football club recognises that this has been an unnerving time for supporters as the enquiry was carried out and we thank them for their patience during this time.
"The decision was not made lightly and was only reached by Mr Haslam after careful consideration of the overwhelming evidence presented to him, leaving him with only one course of action.
"We hope that now we can put this unfortunate incident behind us and start looking to the future.
"A replacement manager will be sought at the earliest convenience and will be announced when an appointment has been made.
"Meanwhile Carlton Palmer will be continuing to look after the club's footballing interests in the role of caretaker manager.
"We would like to wish Keith Curle the best of luck for the future and hope he can get his career back on track as soon as possible."
A decision has yet to be taken on the future of Curle's assistant John Gannon who was also suspended for a separate incident.
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PALMER TO LEAD STAGS?
Evening Post, MARK ROACH, 18 December 2004
Keith Curle has been sacked as manager of Mansfield Town - and Carlton Palmer looks set to be given the job on a permanent basis.

Curle was dismissed yesterday, following a lengthy inquiry into allegations that he bullied a Stags trainee.

He was suspended on full pay for more than a month until his dismissal.

The club have written to Curle to inform him of the decision.

But the ex-Stags boss said: "I haven't received the letter and I'm disappointed I found out about this from a third party.

"I don't know what is in the letter, and until I get confirmation in writing, I can't comment further."

Stags chairman Keith Haslam said: "It was a tough decision to make but I had a complaint from someone and in the end I had no option.

"I'm pleased the situation is at an end."

John Gannon's position as assistant manager remains unclear - but he is not expected to continue in the role.

Haslam has hinted that Palmer will be Curle's replacement, but says he is not the only candidate.

"We're looking into bringing in a replacement for Keith now and two people had already enquired about the position.

"One is an experienced manager and the other one is an experienced coach."

Palmer, who signed former Chelsea defender Joel Kitamirike in time for today's trip to Shrewsbury, said

: "Keith hasn't discussed anything with me yet and I've got an offer on the table from the BBC.

"We're meeting on Monday to talk about the situation.

"I'm still the caretaker- manager at the moment."
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EATON MAKE OR BREAK
Evening Post, 18 December 2004
Stags defender Adam Eaton hopes to be back in action in the new year.

A groin injection on Monday could make or break his season. The full-back is on the mend after a hip operation, but still has problems with his groin.

The Stags are looking for a new physio. Caretaker boss Carlton Palmer has told part-time man Derek French he needs someone full-time, but French has other commitments.
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Keith Curle Sacked
MansfieldTown.net reports at 5.00pm that Chairman Keith Haslam today announced that keith Curle has been sacked from his position as manager of the football club. The difficult decision was made as a result of the lengthy internal enquiry which followed allegations of an offence carried out by Mr Curle.

The football club recognises that this has been an unnerving time for supporters as the enquiry was carried out and we thank them for their patience during this time. The decision was not made lightly and was only reached by Mr Haslam after careful consideration of the overwhelming evidence presented to him, leaving him with only one course of action.

We hope that now we can put this unfortunate incident behind us and start looking to the future. A replacement manager will be sought at the earliest convenience and will be announced when an appointment has been made. Meanwhile Carlton Palmer will be continuing to look after the club's footballing interests in the role of Caretaker Manager.

We would like to wish Keith Curle the best of luck for the future and hope he can get his career back on track as soon as possible.
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Curle rumours grow as Stags sign Kitamirike
CHAD website, 17 Dec 2004
RUMOURS are rife that Stags boss Keith Curle has been sacked today.
But the club are not willing to comment and say they are hoping an official statement on the latest situation can be released later today.
Curle has been suspended since Wednesday, 10th November following allegations of internal misconduct at the club.
An investigation into the allegations was concluded this week and chairman Keith Haslam was left with the final decision to make.
Meanwhile, caretaker-manager Carlton Palmer has drafted in promising young central defender Joel Kitamirike as cover for his threadbare squad.
Kitamirike has been training at Field Mill for a couple of months and has played in a couple of reserve friendlies.
The 20-year-old was an apprentice at Chelsea and even played in a UEFA Cup tie for the Stamford Bridge club.
Born in Uganda, he played for England U15s and last season played over 20 games on loan at Brentford before being released by Chelsea in the summer.
"Joel has been here for a while now and I have decided to take him on a non-contract basis to give me a stronger bench," said Palmer.
"I rang Wally Downes at Brentford who told me the lad did well for them.
"I certainly like what I have seen in training. He is quick, tackles well and is good on the ball."
Kitamirike is likely to be among the substitutes at Shrewsbury tomorrow (noon kick-off).

 

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