PALMER ON HIS DOUBLE BLOW
Double blow, but Palmer ploughs on
CHAD, 26 MAY 06
SHAKEN but not stirred, Stags boss Carlton Palmer refused to let his two setbacks this week deter him from his team-building.
Palmer departed for a holiday this week sure he had the signings of Rob Clare and Danny Bacon in the bag.
But it seems Clare has now opted to sign for Stockport County while former Stag Bacon has decided to hold out for more money.
"I am quite shocked that it seems Rob Clare has gone back on our handshake," said Palmer.
"You expect agents to turn you over but not someone you know well and trust.
"I have spoken to Rob's father and he is disgusted with him as am I and the people who know him.
"Rob shook on a deal to come here two months ago and even came in to meet everyone last week.
"I realise he lives in Stockport and, even if for some reason he had changed his mind, he could have had the common decency to pick up a phone and let me know.
"I have tried to get in touch with him but he has not returned my calls and I can only assume the reports are true and he is going to Stockport.
"But I am not worried. I will just go out and bring in another centre half."
On Bacon, he added: "I am disappointed with Danny as I am giving him to opportunity to get back into League football.
"You've got Chris Beardsley hanging around at Kidderminster, waiting to take a pay cut and come back here and yet Danny had shaken hands on a deal and then changed his mind.
"I understand he's had a better offer from a non-League club and I will just have to think about my next move with him."
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