Mr Palmer began his football career as a Youth Training Scheme player at his local club, West Bromwich Albion, where he quickly made a name for himself as a combative midfielder. He established a rapport with West Bromwich Albion’s manager, Ron Atkinson, who persuaded him to follow him when he took the reins at Sheffield Wednesday. Mr Palmer’s determined, battling style endeared him to the Hillsborough faithful, and to then England manager Graham Taylor who selected him to represent his country on eighteen occasions.
Making over two hundred appearances for Sheffield Wednesday, Mr Palmer was transferred to Leeds United in 1994. Three years later, he moved to Southampton for two seasons before joining Nottingham Forest and then Coventry City. After he retired from playing, Mr Palmer worked as a football coach and turned his attention to media jobs, working for the BBC and making regular appearances on Match of the Day, ESPN and others in the Middle East and Asia.
Before joining Wellington College China, Mr Palmer spent five years setting up successful sporting academies and running coaching programmes in Dubai.