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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 April, 2003, 09:19 GMT 10:19 UK
Palmer concern over merger
Stockport boss Carlton Palmer has admitted his concern over his future at the club despite overseeing the Hatters' late-season transformation.

County have won four of their last five games to haul themselves clear of the relegation mire.

But Palmer is worried about the implications of a possible merger with Sale Sharks.

"It's difficult because I have got players here I want to sign," he told the Manchester Evening News.

"I have been assured that I will be the manager next season, but until the takeover happens, or doesn't happen, I can't sign the players I want.

"The length of the contract is important. We feel we have worked particularly hard here, and we are looking for a lengthy contract.

"A year's contract - and I don't want to cut my nose off to spite my face - is not something I would be happy with.

"The new people have assured me that as soon as the takeover happens they will thrash things out with me.

"We have to work to a long-term plan. I said when I came in that it would take a long time, that we had good kids here, and we would have to be patient."


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