Carlton Palmer

Where is Carlton Palmer now?

After a career spanning over 20 years, mostly spent at West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, Carlton Palmer finally retired from playing in 2005 after a two-year spell as player/manager at Stockport County.

A determined, hard-working player who covered a lot of the pitch in his playing days because of his long legs, Palmer was unfortunate to be on the losing side in three Wembley finals (an FA Cup and League Cup with Sheffield Wednesday and a League Cup with Leeds United).

Internationally, he was a favourite of former England manager Graham Taylor in the early 1990’s winning 18 caps and representing his country in the 1992 UEFA European Championships.
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Moving into full-time management with Stockport County after hanging up his boots, Palmer endured many difficulties off the pitch and despite putting together a talented young side his win record of 25 games in 90 matches was not good enough to keep him from the sack in 2003.

He was back in football a year later when he was appointed manager of Mansfield Town in December 2004 but resigned just under a year later after a difficult start to the new season with only six points on the board from their first nine games.

Away from professional football coaching, Palmer has participated in many football programmes over the years as a pundit and analyst including Final Score on the BBC, ShowSports and the Football Channel.

He is also a popular figure on the after dinner speaking circuit as well as a respected motivational speaker.

In December 2016 Palmer had to undergo life-saving heart surgery after what he described as a ‘major shock’ and a ‘bolt from the blue’.

The exact details as to what happened are unknown but the operation took five hours with surgeons having to reach his heart through his groin.

In October 2017 he released his biography It is What it is: The Carlton Palmer Story which is not just about football but an intimate portrait of the man himself, told with honesty, wit and plain-speaking intelligence.

Within the book he reveals that he was deeply offended by comments Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier made about him in his own autobiography and also on a radio interview.

Asked about why there has been such a lack of success for the England national team, the former Southampton man responded with ‘because we picked players like Carlton Palmer‘.

Palmer hit back within his book saying that Le Tissier didn’t get picked because despite having plenty of talent he was lazy on the pitch compared to himself who was not so talented but put in plenty of work.

Now living in China, he has been working as director of football at the Wellington College in Shanghai as well as working as a pundit on Asian TV.

Follow on Twitter @carltonpalmer3

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#One2Eleven (4-3-3 Formation)

Carlton Palmer was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in September 2013 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.

Carlton Palmer One2Eleven

GK – David Seaman – made one of the best saves I’ve ever seen in the FA Cup semi final against Sheffield United and for this reason I would put him ahead of Chris Woods and Nigel Martyn.

RB – Roland Nilsson – forget his ability, his first game back after a cruciate injury was against Manchester United in the 1991 League Cup Final and marked Ryan Giggs out of the game.

CB – Des Walkerone of the best centre backs in the world at the time.

CB – Tony Adams – a leader who was a proper centre half.

LB – Stuart Pearce – Psycho, frightens himself. When Graham Taylor came in he said, right Stuart you can take the warm ups. He just said, boss I don’t do warm ups!

CM – Paul Ince – a fantastic footballer and a great competitor.

CM – Paul Gascoigne  – without a doubt the best player I played with. A great lad and a terrific footballer who had the ability to travel quicker with the ball. Used to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

CM – Gary McAllister – one of the best ever at set pieces and a great professional. A top drawer player who used to get a lot of goals from midfield.

RW – Chris Waddle – without doubt one of the best wide players I’ve ever seen. Young players still can’t do what Chris could do.

LW – John Barnes – for me one of the best players in the world at the time. He was fit, strong and could go past people, cross the ball, score goals. He had everything.

ST – Gary Lineker – you can’t argue with his goal scoring record. One of the best at attacking at the near post.

Carlton Palmer: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forCoventry City, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton

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