Palmer: So responsible

Palmer, who’s beginning to emerge as one of the better signings made by Mills, has aired his guilt in lieu of the rest of the playing staff following the sacking of manager, Gary Mills who headed for the exit late-on last week.

Following his dismissal, Palmer – who netted a spectacular last minute goal in the 3-0 win over Shrewsbury at the weekend – has readily accepted his share of responsibility for costing Mills his job, following an extended run of poor results as Magpies boss.

Palmer (centre) celebrates with teammates
Palmer told the Nottingham Evening Post: "It was a hard week. I guess it always is when somebody loses their job. And I personally felt bad, because I think we had a role to play in Gary going."

"It was the poor performances we have produced, individually and collectively, that have led to him going. So in a way I feel responsible."

"I never had a problem with him. I always had a good relationship with him."

"But it is always the manager that pays the price when things are not going well, when results are not going your way."

"There is no question that we had a responsibility to get results too."

However, Palmer believes that the players should not dwell on the past, but look to support their new manager, whoever that may be. For now, Palmer is just happy to back Ian Richardson, who’s currently operating as caretaker-player/manager as of Mills’ departure.

"There is no question that before now Richo and John had the respect of the dressing room and the fans."

"And we obviously knew what they were all about before they were appointed, so it has not been difficult from that point of view."

"All he asked of us was to show some commitment, to give 100% and we did that on Saturday. Every player worked so hard to get that result."