HASLAM INTERVIEW FROM MANSFIELD 103.2
Audio interview with Keith Haslam from Mansfield 103.2, (file is 4 Mb).
Thanks to Craig for recording it.
Part of the interview has been transcribed by Mike on http://www.yellows.co.uk (I hope it's ok to paste it here, Martin):
Stags chairman Keith Haslam has been speaking about the resignation of Carlton Palmer
Highlights from the interview chairman Keith Haslam has given on 103.2 this afernoon.............
Speaking on 103.2 today, Keith Haslam has said.....................
On the subject of Carlton leaving too late "I think we have to give someone a fair crack, with the players we have brought in, you look to see where you are after 10 games, you evaluate where you want to go from there. i think after the Chester game Carlton was very frustrated, we sat down the following day and had a discussion and between us we said let's look at the next 3 or 4 games and see how it's going. I wasn't aware that Carlton was going to do that on Saturday. The results put him under pressure, he wasn't under pressure from me, obviously a certain section of supports hadn't helped his situation and i thought he did an honourable thing, he could have stuck around for a pay check like most guys do in that position. He values our friendship, he said he's going to walk, it's in the interests of Mansfield Town, you have to get the supporters behing the club, and he was willing to sacrifice himself for that cause"
On supporters wanting him out "You've got to be in a postion to go, there's not the volume knocking on my door to say i'll buy you out or i'll do this deal, there's no one really approached me. i've said to the shareholders at the AGM last week that there will be a re-structering of the club, it will give the supporters of the club more of a voice if they choose to take it up, that's being developed at the moment with my advisers. I don't want to discuss it further as it's not finalized."
On where the club is going "We aren't going to conference, i have had a number of applicants for this job, with the perception of people out there, this is a big club, i've had interest from numerous people who would love the oppertunity and i was surprised with a couple of them who would even consider us"
On previous managers "Well i think George Foster wasn't my manager, he came in, and he was gone soon after i came in, that was the supporters choice again, i didn't really know the chap, the supporters didn't want him at that time even though he'd been a legend in his playing days for Mansfield Town they wanted him out and i accomated them with that. Steve Parkin & andy King, they've all moved on into other positions, i had Billy Dearden who resigned to goto Notts County, Steve Parkin resigned to goto Rochdale, so if you weed those two out, it's not been a hatchet job. Probably Stuart Watkiss was the wrong appointment, it was a bit knee jerk, thinking he could take the managers job."
On how much he cares about the club "Of course i really care, i've been here 13 years, of course i care. I think i've had more hassle than Carlton over the past 13 years."
On what would happen if he did leave "I can't walk away, as a director, the club wouldn't be able to operate without a director."
On the next manager "I don't think we need to advertise the position, word will get round, there are already a couple of surprise names, there's a lot of experience"
Interviews from BBC Radio Nottingham:
Interview: Keith Haslam
Interview: Peter Shirtliff
Shirtliff takes the reins for now
CHAD website, 19 September 2005
PETER Shirtliff will today begin preparing Mansfield Town for the visit of Southampton in the Carling Cup tomorrow night in the wake of Carlton Palmer's resignation.
Assistant manager Shirtliff has been put in temporary charge since palmer quit after Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Rochdale.
And, although chairman Keith Haslam today said the job would be advertised, Shirtliff will be hoping two or three good results could put him in the driving seat.
A club statement this morning said; "Following the resignation of Carlton Palmer from the post as manager of Mansfield Town FC the club would like to say how sorry they are at seeing Carlton leave.
"We believe that that he conducted himself in an excellent manner during his time at the club and he has always had the club's interest at heart.
"It is this interest in the well being of Mansfield Town FC that was a deciding factor in Carlton's decision to leave.
"He feels that he has done his best by the club by walking away from it at this time.
"Carlton has stressed that, rather than hang around and put the club in a position where a top of table place was unachievable, he would stand down and give another manager a chance at taking Mansfield Town into League One.
"Everybody at Mansfield Town FC would like to wish Carlton the very best of luck in what he now chooses to do.
"Carlton's departure has left us in a position where we can offer Peter Shirtliffe the opportunity to take temporary control of team affairs, which he has been pleased to accept."
Chairman Keith Haslam said: "We will let the dust settle for a while then advertise the post of manager at the club.
"I have already had a lot of names thrown into the hat, mainly through agents.
"At the moment we are being very open minded regarding applicants, but we will be looking to bring in a manager with experience.
"Carlton brought in a lot a good young players and it is a shame that he is not here to see them fulfil their potential."
Haslam will not rush manager hunt
Mansfield chairman Keith Haslam is not going to rush into finding a successor to Carlton Palmer after the former England midfielder quit as manager.
Palmer resigned after Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Rochdale and Peter Shirtliff has taken temporary charge of affairs.
"I've already had a lot of names thrown into the hat, mainly by agents, but at the moment we're being very open-minded regarding applicants, said Haslam.
"But we'll be looking to bring in a manager with experience."
He added: "Carlton brought in a lot a good young players and it's a shame he's not here to see them fulfil their potential.
"But he stressed that rather than hang around and put the club in a position where a top-of-table place was unachievable, he would stand down and give another manager a chance at taking Mansfield into League One."
Shirtliff demands reaction against Saints
CHAD website, 19 September 2005
CARETAKER boss Peter Shirtliff said he looking for a reaction from his players to manager Carlton Palmer's resignation when they take on Southampton in the Carling Cup of the second round at Field Mill tomorrow night (7.45pm).
Shirtliff has quickly thrown his hat into the ring for the permanent job and immediately has three games in eight days to stake a real claim, starting with tomorrow's visit of Harry Redknapp's Championship outfit.
Saints have had an indifferent start since relegation, winning only three but losing just one of their eight games so far to sit seventh on 13 points.
Stags knocked out a Stoke City side that sit fifth - two places above the Saints - in the last round.
But Shirtliff said; "Being realistic, I expect Southampton to be a different proposition to Stoke.
"They were a Premiership club last season and they have a good squad of players who will be coming here looking to progress.
"I do not know what sort of side they will bring and they may make a few changes.
"But it is down to our players to show me a reaction to what happened on Saturday. I am looking for a competitive attitude and a performance.
"It is no good feeling sorry for ourselves. We have got to move on - that's life. You just can't stand still.
"I want the players I select to go out there and express themselves and play with no fear. They have to put a good performance on."
Central defender Jon Olav Hjelde begins a three game ban for his red card at Rochdale while midfielder Stephen Dawson again misses out with a groin strain.
Admission prices to the game are reduced to £12 adults and £6 concession, though there is no student discount.
MTFC wish Carlton the very best of Luck
Following the resignation of Carlton Palmer from the post as manager of Mansfield Town FC the club would like to say how sorry they are at seeing Carlton leave. We believe that that he conducted himself in an excellent manner during his time at the club and he has always had the club's interest at heart.
It is this interest in the well being of Mansfield Town FC that was a deciding factor in Carlton's decision to leave. He feels that he has done his best by the club by walking away from it at this time. Carlton has stressed that rather than hang around and put the club in a position where a top of table place was unachievable he would stand down and give another manager a chance at taking Mansfield Town into League 1.
Everybody at Mansfield Town FC would like to wish Carlton the very best of luck in what he now chooses to do.
Carlton's departure has left us in a positron where we can offer Peter Shirtliffe the opportunity to take temporary control of team affairs, which he has been pleased to accept.
Chairman Keith Haslam said "we will let the dust settle for a while then advertise the post of manager at the club. I have already had a lot of names thrown into the hat, mainly through agents.
"At the moment we are being very open minded regarding applicants but we will be looking to bring in a manager with experience.
"Carlton brought in a lot a good young players and it is a shame that he is not here to see them fulfil their potential"
Youth For Mansfield
By Nick Illingsworth
At Southend Harry Redknapp gave youth a chance and they repaid him handsomely, with the trip to Mansfield coming smack bang in the middle of a hectic run of games, that looks to be the case again.
Youth will once again be given its chance at Field Mill as Saints look to rest some of the senior players who at present are in a spell of 7 games in 3 weeks.
This is obviously a hard schedule and Harry Redknapp will take the chance to rest some of them and bring in the likes of Dexter Blackstock, Nathan Dyer, Martin Cranie, Theo Walcott and Yauan Folly.
All these are chomping a the bit to play and far from being a problem to have to rely on them its actually a good thing to be able to give them the chance to show what they can do, all are experienced in the first team albeit in minor rolls so far and have the determination to show the boss that they can do well.
Mansfield fans should not feel that we are showing them disrespect from putting out such a young line up, some of these players are going to be truly great and go on to big things, and their are many Saints supporters that feel that some of them should be playing a bigger part than they already have been doing, this is not an act of contempt from a big club to a smaller one, this is genuinely some gifted players who havent been getting a look in, in a big squad getting there chance and hopefully for us, like at Southend, they will take it.
Shirtliff urged Palmer to stay on
Palmer resigns as Mansfield boss
Report: Rochdale 2-0 Mansfield
Mansfield caretaker manager Peter Shirtliff has revealed that he tried to convince Carlton Palmer not to quit after Saturday's defeat at Rochdale.
Palmer resigned as boss within minutes of seeing his team suffer a fourth defeat in six league matches.
Shirtliff told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I thought it was a bit of a knee-jerk reaction and I asked him to reconsider.
"But he said he was definitely doing it. It was always a bit precarious but I was surprised it came so suddenly."
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