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11 Nov 2004 (evening):
Curle told Sky Sports News this evening: "I am an honourable and professional person, and when I receive the allegations in writing, I will refute them and clear my name."
11 Nov 2004
Palmer in temporary charge at Field Mill
CHAD website, 11 Nov 2004
MANSFIELD Town manager Keith Curle has been suspended by the club and Carlton Palmer has agreed to take temporary charge.
That means he will be in the dug-out for Saturday's FA Cup first round visit of Colchester United.
Former England international and Stockport County boss Palmer arrived at Forest Town to take training this morning with current youth team manager Paul Holland at his side.
Stags chairman Keith Haslam confirmed that Curle had been suspended from duties until Monday pending an investigation over internal matters.
"Some allegations have been made and they are currently under investigation," said Haslam. "I cannot be any more specific than that right now but if the final report, which I hope to get tomorrow, confirms the verbal allegations then there will be a disciplinary hearing next week.
"The investigation is an impartial, internal inquiry at a senior level and no external bodies are involved."
The chairman confirmed that assistant manager John Gannon has not been suspended but asked to take a few days off.
"That is purely so we can focus the players on the important game we have on Saturday," said Haslam. "There is a never a good time for these things, especially as they become so public, but, when they happen, they have to be dealt with.
"I am delighted Carlton has agreed to step in this weekend.
"He is under contract to the BBC and was due to be working on Grandstand, but he has given that work up to help us.
"I believe he will give the players a good fillip for the game and I am sure he will see us through the weekend."
Mr Haslam refused to look any further than Monday on the futures of either Curle or Palmer.
Palmer this morning said he was unable to comment on the situation other than to say: "I am a friend of Keith Haslam's and I am doing this as a favour to him.
"I am looking after the team until Monday while the situation is resolved. I don't know any more than that.
"It is a very difficult situation at the moment and I can't comment further."
But he did say he would be interested if the manager's job became vacant.
Keith Curle Suspended
mansfieldtown.net, 11 Nov 2004:
Mansfield Town Football Club can confirm that Manager Keith Curle has temporarily been suspended pending the results of an internal enquiry which the club hope to have concluded at the earliest date possible.

It is expected that the enquiry should be at an end by Monday and hopefully an exonerated Keith Curle can report back to duty as normal.

We must stress that contrary to some news bulletins in the press Assistant boss John Gannon has NOT been suspended but is taking a couple of days leave on full pay whilst the enquiry is going ahead.

The Chairman would like to thank Carlton Palmer who despite having other commitments with the BBC's Grandstand programme has kindly agreed to fill the temporary void by conducting the daily training sessions in preparation for our big game against Colchester United on Saturday.
11 Nov 2004
103.2 reports that Keith Curle has been suspended, John Gannon has taken 2 days leave, and Carlton Palmer is the caretaker manager. Palmer arrived at the training ground this morning with Paul Holland. It seems he'll be in charge for this weekend's game and has said he doesn't know what the long term situation is but is doing this as a

103.2 tried to contact Curle but he's refused to comment until after the club's official statement is made.
Evening Post, BY MARK ROACH, 11 November 2004
Mansfield Town manager Keith Curle's future hangs in the balance.

The Post understands that the Stags boss held discussions over his future at Field Mill with chairman Keith Haslam yesterday afternoon and while Curle remains in charge, he is facing a suspension, though no reason has been revealed.

Curle would not comment but Haslam said: "I have asked Carlton Palmer to come in until the situation is sorted out."

Former England defender Palmer, 38, who was manager at Stockport, played at Forest from January to August 1999.

Curle joined Mansfield in December 2002 and took over as player-manager following the departure of Stuart Watkiss.

In his first full campaign in charge, the former England defender - whose previous clubs as a player included Manchester City, Wolves, Wimbledon, Sheffield United and Reading - guided the Stags to the Division Three play-off final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, where they lost on penalties to Huddersfield Town.

Curle had been preparing for Saturday's FA Cup first round clash against Colchester with only 11 fit outfield players available.

After a promising start to the campaign, the Stags have won just once inside 90 minutes in their last 11 games.

And Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Macclesfield saw them drop to 12th place in League Two.

With an already paper-thin squad hit by the loss of Scott McNiven following an operation to remove a testicular tumour, Curle was desperate to bolster the ranks.
10 Nov 2004
Rumours grow over Curle's future
CHAD website, 10 Nov 2004
RUMOURS were growing in Mansfield today that Keith Curle is no longer Stags boss.
Varying reports suggested he had been sacked, been suspended or simply walked out on the club.
However, neither the manager nor chairman Keith Haslam were available for comment tonight.
The players were also unaware of anything happening and were expected to report for training as usual in the morning.
Rumours abound that Carlton Palmer will be taking training and be in charge of the team for Saturday's FA Cup game.
Carlton Palmer's managerial career:
Team Stockport
From 06-11-2001
To 18-09-2003
Games 92
Won 25
Lost 50
Drawn 17


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