Johannesburg - Black Leopards coach Ian Palmer has reportedly been suspended by his Premier Soccer League club for disciplinary reasons.
According to the football411 website, recent reports suggested the former Maritzburg United boss, who
only recently took over at Lidoda Duvha following the sacking of Sunday
Chidzambwa, had fallen out with a number of players over his poor
treatment of them.
Chairperson David Thidiela also had to deny news of an
altercation between him and Palmer following the 2-1 defeat to Free
According to the New Age the heated exchange took place at a meeting at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Monday morning.
They reported: "He (Thidiela) stormed into the meeting and
started hurling insults at the coach. A heated exchange of words took
place when the coach was told to leave the team as the results have been
"The coach then decided to leave and went to the car to calm
down. Thidiela then sent assistant coach Abel Makhubela to try to speak
to the coach before they resolved the matter. The coach will be on the
bench tomorrow but he is aware that unless the team start winning, he
will be fired."
Palmer has only managed to guide Leopards to two wins, one draw
and four losses in his short time at the club with Makhubela appointed
caretaker coach ahead of Wednesday evening's PSL clash with Bloemfontein
Former captain Duncan Lechesa is, however, favourite to take the job on a full-time basis.
The Sowetan published quotes from an unnamed Leopards source,
saying: "I can confirm Ian has been suspended. Abel will be in charge of
the coaching staff in the game against Celtic."
The newspaper added that it was Palmer's unruly behaviour, after
he "kicked a cooler bag in the dressing-room after the loss to Free
State Stars last Saturday", adding that: "they are also unhappy with his
team selection policy".
And a further meeting with Thidiela failed to yield any results.
"Ian surprised us by coming late to Sunday's training session,"
said the source. "Two weeks ago, there was a war of words between Ian
and team manager Sam Khaphathe on matters relating to discipline of
players, who were not wearing uniform."