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Tuesday, 6 November, 2001, 11:41 GMT
Palmer named Stockport boss
Carlton Palmer in action for Coventry
Carlton Palmer is turning to management
Former England international Carlton Palmer has landed his first management job after being named as the new team boss at Stockport County.

Colin Murphy returns to Edgeley Park for a third spell as he takes over as director of football.

And ex-Everton, Arsenal and Aston Villa midfielder Kevin Richardson also joins the management team at the relegation-threatened First Division club as first-team coach.

"I am absolutely delighted and hopefully I can take the opportunity," said Palmer.

But Palmer said he knew that he had a tough job ahead of him.

"If they were at the top end I would not be coming in," said Palmer.

"It's a difficult situation but it is a well-run football club. I like the chairman, I get on very well with him."

 Craig Madden, who has been caretaker-boss since the departure of Andy Kilner last week, reverts to his role as reserve-team manager, while Nigel Deeley remains in charge of the youth team.

 The vastly-experienced Murphy was in charge at County in 1985 and again for much of the 1986-87 season when he saved the club from dropping into the Vauxhall Conference.

 He now faces a similar task at the foot of Division One alongside ex-Leeds midfielder Palmer, who had a recent playing spell back at Sheffield Wednesday after starting the season with Coventry.

 Richardson, who played alongside Palmer at Southampton in 1987/88, finished his playing career with Blackpool and leaves a coaching position at Sunderland to join the new County hierarchy.

The appointments will be officially unveiled on Tuesday afternoon and face their first game in charge at Watford on Saturday.

BBC Sport's Alistair Bruce-Ball
"Carlton Palmer's first management job is going to be a difficult one"
Stockport boss Carlton Palmer
"I'm young and inexperienced but I'm confident I can do the job"
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