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'He says he wants to leave to play in the Premier League.'You tell him you want him to stay. The manager at Blackburn Rovers calls about your star player.'He says a deal has already been done.
He's worth a million quid but they are only offering £500,000. But the star player is content to go there because they offer him the most money.'Stockport were relegated and engulfed by financial crisis, sacking Palmer inside two years for a cheaper alternative.
It was a dream come true.'It wasn't easy but I never quit and that's why I'm passionate about the importance of black players staying on the football pitch and not walking off if they hear racial abuse.'I'm not saying it is right but when the first black players like Clyde Best started off they went through worse and it made it better for the next generation of players like Viv Anderson, Cyrille Regis and Laurie Cunningham — and they made it better for my generation.
And we all have to dig in and make it better for the generation which follows us.'His first official venture into coaching as player-manager of Stockport County started badly and did not get better.'On the very first day, your star player tells you he wants to leave,' recounts Palmer in his book. You tell him he's still under contract and he will f***ing play.
I also remember spotting Woods and Waddler in the dug-out, p***ing themselves and giving me an extravagant thumbs-up.'The episode proved a breaking point in his relationship with boss Trevor Francis, the beginning of the end of his five years at Wednesday, where he played the best football of his life.
The Owls were promoted, finished third in the top flight, qualified for Europe, reached three cup finals plus a replay, won one, and Palmer forced his way into the England team.
Then came the chance to establish a sports academy at Repton School in Dubai because former Manchester United defender David May declined the job. Four years ago, Palmer moved into a similar role at Wellington in Shanghai, where Lucy also works as a teacher.He owns up to mistakes, and there have been a few, mostly involving alcohol.After a discussion with Gordon Strachan, late in his career, he agreed to follow his own rules: train every day and never drink shorts.All tests were clear, so he accepted an invitation to play in the exhibition game with stars such as Lothar Matthaus and Teddy Sheringham.
Soon after kicking off, he felt 'clammy' and 'breathless' and 'desperate for water' and changed colour to 'a sort of dirty beige'. Palmer went off for water and the team doctor took him into the dressing room and summoned the medics who immediately ripped off his shirt and reached for the defibrillation paddles.'If it had happened at the school I would have been dead,' said Palmer. 'In Singapore there was an ambulance on site at the game.'Palmer woke the next day, wired to machines in the intensive care unit to be told they had finally managed to correct his heartbeat with high-voltage shocks although not before it had reached 220 beats per minute.
Now, 10 months after the operation, he is off all medication, back in full training and is trying to convince Lucy it might be a good idea to run China's iconic Great Wall marathon in May. And Palmer has finished the autobiography he had started writing with Steven Jacobi, a friend, colleague and writer.