Not one but two Gainsborough Trinity managers will be serving a touchline ‘ban’ on Saturday for the Lincs Senior Cup semi-final.
Boss Steve Housham is suspended for the game against bitter rivals Boston United, and the club’s ‘Manager for a Day’ auction winner will now be in the stands rather than the dugout.
Trinity have changed the fundraising auction prize, and let winner Dale Ricketts take charge of the side that played against Grimsby Town last week.
Ricketts will also travel with the team to Boston on Saturday, and be present in the changing room, but Trinity claim complaints from the Pilgrims have kept him from managing.
Club secretary Pete Wallace told the Standard: “Boston complained to Lincolnshire FA, saying we were demeaning the cup.”
“There’s nothing in the competition rules saying we can’t have whoever we want managing, but if there’s a massive objection to it we aren’t going to ruffle any feathers.”
Boston United, however, say they didn’t put in an objection to Ricketts’ presence on the touchline.
When asked if he made a complaint, Boston secretary John Blackwell said: “No.”
“I did have some complaints from supporters asking me why it was being done for a County Cup game, but I don’t look at these websites so I didn’t know anything about it.”
“I was in a conversation with Lincolnshire FA about the referee and I asked them what this thing was about and they didn’t know anything about it either.”
“No one has ever come back to me about it.”
Steve Ellis, chairman of the Rules Committee at the county FA, said the regional authorities had no objections to the scheme.
“Someone from Boston contacted Lincs FA to see if we felt it was demeaning to our competition, but no we don’t.”
“Gainsborough are trying to raise some money, there’s nothing in the rules to stop them doing it and we have no objections whatsoever.”
Ricketts helped Trinity’s real gaffer Housham to oversee a 1-1 draw with the Mariners last Friday night.
Gainsborough’s commercial director John Myskiw said: “Dale did the Grimsby game and he will be involved in the changing room on Saturday and he’s happy with that.”