Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Bosses ruled by new code

By Stuart McKinley

Irish Premier League managers are to face the wrath of their peers over any future misdemeanours.

Lisburn Distillery boss Paul Kirk and Ballymena United manager Tommy Wright landed themselves in hot water last month following an incident moments after the game between their sides.

A six-match stadium ban is hanging over both of them - although the pair have appealed the punishments - and in future they will be answerable to other managers around the league.

A code of conduct for managers is currently being drawn up and Kirk wants anyone stepping out of line to be aware of what punishment they will then face.

"The code of conduct will be laid down in time for the start of the new league next season," said Kirk, who is the chairman of the Irish League Manager's Forum.

"I would have liked it to be already in place, but at least it is going to come into affect in the very near future.

"We have realised the need for it, we are being progressive and any breach will be punished internally by the Manager's Forum."

And Kirk is calling for the Irish FA to make their scale of punishments for manager's clear.

"When a player steps out of line he knows what the punishment is," said Kirk.

"Five bookings is a suspension and violent conduct offences bring a four match ban, but there is nothing set down for managers other than a standard four-match ban for being sent from the touchline."

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