Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, Carlton Palmer has opened up on his Sheffield Wednesday exit 27 years ago, revealing his disappointment over how his first spell at the club came to an end.
The former midfielder, who made over 260 Premier League appearances during his career, was at Wednesday between 1989-1994 before leaving to join Leeds United.
Palmer later returned to Wednesday on a brief loan spell after stints at Watford, Coventry City, Nottingham Forest and Southampton.
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On his Hillsborough departure back in 1994, the ex-Wednesday player told TT in an exclusive interview:
“Very disappointed, very sad. I had agreed a deal with the chairman Dave Richards and I had sat down, they gave me a fantastic deal, and I signed a five–year contract. And then Trevor [Francis] decided to sell me from the World Cup and said that he’s agreed to an offer from Leeds United and Aston Villa and I must choose where I want to go.
“So I was bitterly disappointed to have to leave. And, at the time, I couldn’t say anything because I was asked to sign a confidentiality clause when I left. You know, it wasn’t my doing.”
After being brought to Leeds by Howard Wilkinson, Palmer went on to make over 100 Premier League appearances across three seasons for the Whites before leaving Elland Road for Southampton in 1997.
Since retiring from playing football, Palmer, who also won 18 England caps during his time as a player, has gone on to earn managerial positions at Mansfield Town and Grantham Town – who he will start working for from the summer.
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