Sheffield Wednesday legend Carlton Palmer to link up with former Owl in shock return to management
Sheffield Wednesday legend Carlton Palmer will join up with a former Owls player after it was announced he is moving back in football management for the first time in 16 years.
The former England international, who won the Rumbelows Cup with Wednesday in 1991 and was the beating heart of the hugely successful Owls sides of the early 1990s, has not managed since leaving Mansfield Town in 2005. He has since worked and coached in Shanghai.
But in a shock announcement, it was confirmed that he will take the reigns at non-league Grantham Town, a BetVictor Northern Premier League Premier division outfit based at Step 3 in the non-league pyramid.
Following the news of the appointment, Grantham chairman Darren Ashton spoke of the new boss’ excitement to start and explained why he felt Palmer is the man to take the Lincolnshire club to the next level.
He said: “It’s fantastic news. We’ve been working on getting Carlton in for a while now and been in constant contact with him almost daily.
“He’s eager to get started with us. He’s been offered roles at Football League clubs, but he likes the idea that the club has.
“He likes what we have proposed, and we like his ideas he has moving forward and has bought into the plan and is joining for the long-term.”
Palmer will work alongside coaches Matt Chatfield, perviously manager at AFC Mansfield as well as Jas Colliver, a non-league journeyman who played at Stocksbridge Park Steels and Handsworth Paramore among others.
The move links Palmer up with former Owl Jack Stobbs, who joined Grantham after his release from the Hillsborough club last summer.