Ian Palmer has become the latest coaching casualty in the Premier Soccer League, effectively dismissed by Black Leopards after alleged clashes with the club’s managementPalmer had only been in charge for seven games but the club officially said it had “suspended” him, a euphemism for indicting his time at the Limpopo-based club is up.
Palmer was asked not to travel with the squad to Bloemfontein after a meeting with chairman David Thidiela at the weekend following a home defeat by Free State Stars.
Palmer lost four of his matches in charge including the last two against Mamelodi Sundowns and Free State Stars. His two wins came against Ajax Cape Town and Pretoria University.
He will be replaced by assistant Abel Makhubela for Wednesday’s clash against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Free State Stadium.
Palmer took over in October from the Zimbabwean Sunday Chidzambwa, who resigned in order to fight a life ban handed to him by the Zimbabwe Football Association for his role in match fixing while in charge of the national team.
Chidzambwa remains technical director at the club. Palmer is a previous coach of Manning Rangers and Maritzburg United and was also an assistant coach at Orlando Pirates.
Seven of the PSL clubs have changed coaches already this season, which reached its halfway mark last weekend.