Palmer praises team, denies rumours

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And he deflects rumours that he may be poached by a PSL club.

United finished the season on 47 points, losing just twice in a season that stretched over 21 games, and saw off a stiff challenge from Bay United, who overtook them for a spell towards the end of the season.

“Our top-place finish was down to a combination of management support and the quality of players that we have,” Palmer says. “We had players who showed character, and we also gave them good tactical guidance to finish off the formula. There was a time, when we went through a slump that the players were called upon to show their character, and they came through with flying colours.

“Slipping into second position for some time during the season also reduced the pressure on us – it was a blessing in disguise because suddenly the pressure was on the team that had overtaken us [Bay United].”

Having now won the league, United are just two steps away from making a prompt return to the PSL with Palmer’s former club FC AK standing in their path, although FC AK are still awaiting the outcome of a case against their owner, Azziz Kara that is to be heard at the PSL.

“FC AK is definitely a good team because they have won the Inland stream so there is no way that we will take them lightly,” Palmer says.

The star performers at United during this season have been inspirational goalkeeper Dominic Sithole, who was ever-present between the posts this season and striker Fadlu Davids.

With the job of winning the Coastal stream done, Palmer is now hot property. KickOff.com understands there are a couple of PSL teams that are trying to poach Palmer from United.

The former Orlando Pirates striker and Manning Rangers coach has, however, professed ignorance about the rumours, rather choosing to stress that he is focused on the job at hand for now.