Pride Park Stadium

Next Game

Derby v Rangers

Saturday, 02 August 2014, 13:00

Friendly Match

Pirelli Stadium

Last Game

Burton Alb 0 - 1 Derby

Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 19:30

Friendly Match

Palmer: Sackings were harsh

Carlton Palmer thinks Nigel Clough and David Weir were unfairly treated following their sackings earlier this month.

Last Updated: 28/10/13 at 13:31

Nigel Clough: Unfairly treated by former club

Nigel Clough: Unfairly treated by former club

But Palmer, who made over 200 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday in the early 1990s and still lives in the city, is convinced Clough can turn the Blades' fortunes around if he is given enough time.

Clough, in charge for nearly five years at Derby before being sacked at the end of last month, was installed last week as successor to Weir, who was dismissed by the Blades after four months in the job.

"Nigel should never have been sacked by Derby, I think he was doing a fantastic job," Palmer said.

"I don't understand that sacking whatsoever. I think he'll do well at United because he's done it at Burton with no money at all.

"But he's got to be given time. I don't believe the sacking of Dave Weir, who was just cutting his teeth in management, was fair on him.

"I know it's a results-based industry, but they were in no danger of being relegated, so leave it for a while and give him a fair chance.

"I could understand if, two months before the end of the season David was still in relegation trouble, then I could understand them doing something.

"But it's well documented that Sheffield United stripped their wage bill and a lot of people turned the job down because of that.

"So again, it comes back down to expectations. You can't strip the wage bill and put in a rookie manager and expect him to be an instant success.

"But knowing Nigel, he's a great lad and a good manager and he's proved that. Wherever he's been he's stayed considerably longer than most other managers. He'll do a good job if given time."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

heyremind me of Utd's treble winning side. Swashbuckling and risk prone. We ha Jaap Stam to paper over the cracks at the back though. Not sure they have their Jaap yet.

HarryBoulton
New Striker Not Liverpool's Priority...

A

lexis Sanchez; too good for Liverpool, Stevie. :)

pires
Suarez 'too good for Arsenal'

T

he solution is to not feel sorry for any of Jabba, Gold or Sullivan. They're all deeply unpleasant and all deserve each other. If only West Ham would sign Barton and Suarez then no one would ever need to despise any other club.

spuzzell
The Strange Idea Of Sympathy For Big Sam

Footer 365

Transfer news: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers targets further signings

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to further strengthen his squad ahead of the transfer deadline on September 1.

Transfer news: Newcastle continue to 'monitor' Loic Remy's situation

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew continues to 'monitor' Loic Remy's situation after a move to Liverpool broke down.

Manchester United owners warn Louis van Gaal over Champions League

Manchester United's owners have piled pressure on new boss Louis van Gaal by stressing the financial perils of failure.

Mail Box

Sterling Stuff And Other Friendly Thoughts

We have one reader reaching conclusions from last night's friendly while we have others discussing Romelu Lukaku's move to Everton. Oh and some swearing...

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property