It seems like there is no end to the drama involving coach Ian Palmer and ABSA premiership club Maritzburg United. Recent reports emanating from the club say that Palmer has been shown the door after the club attempted to stop him from attending a Safa Pro Licence coaching course.
The Palmer camp claim that Maritzburg attempted to prevent Palmer from attending the course which will become a minimum requirement for all PSL coaches from the beginnng of next season.
Karabo Mathang of P Management, who represent Palmer has told Kick-Off.com that his company is ready to pursue a case of breach of contract on behalf of their client.
"It will now be a legal matter arising from a breach of contract by the club," Mathang says.
According to Mathang, this is not the first time that the club has refused to release Palmer for a skills development course of this nature, with the club having advised Palmer against attending the same course last year inorder to save the club from relegation.
Palmer agreed at the time and successfully saved Maritzburg from facing the chop at the end of the season. By the time the team played Ajax Cape Town in the final match of the season, the KZN side was already safe from relegation.
Palmer's Maritzburg even had the luxury of spoiling the party for the Capetonians in that final PSL match at Cape Town Stadium, holding them to a 2-2 draw, thereby choking their hopes of lifting the ABSA premiership title, which eventually went to Supersport United.
"They terminated Palmer's contract after failing to honour a part of his contract that said he will be allowed to attend the course when it is held," Mathang tells KickOff.com.
"Palmer had no choice but to attend this one. That Palmer will attend this course was an agreement contained in his contract, but the club failed to support him in this.
"Last season when he joined Maritzburg he sacrificed finishing the course when it was held to come and save the club from relegation. He had to actually pull out of the course last season to come and save the club from relegation when there were six games remaining."
As it stands, Maritzburg are without a coach, and if this matter with Palmer is not quickly resolved, they might have to enter the market in search of a coach before the resumption of the second half of the PSL.
This is not the first time that Palmer has been relieved of his post as Maritzburg coach. After the coach helped the club back to the topflight league, he was replaced by Gordon Igesund under unclear circumstances.
After the club struggled last season and was stirring relegation in the face under the leadership of German coach Ernst Middendorp, it was Plamer who came to the club's rescue, saving the team with just six games left.
Now, Palmer has to look for another job if the conflict with his employers is now resolved.