Watford manager Malky Mackay in stands for Doncaster Rovers and Barnet

Malky Mackay. Picture: Holly Cant

Malky Mackay. Picture: Holly Cant

First published in Local Sports This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Malky Mackay will not be on the touchline for Watford’s first two games of the season due to a sending off he received more than five months ago.

Mackay will spend his first competitive match as permanent Watford boss tomorrow in the stands after receiving a two-match ban at the end of last season.

The Scot was the Hornets’ first-team coach when he was sent to the stands by referee Nigel Miller during the 3-2 defeat to Plymouth Argyle in March.

Plymouth’s Paul Gallagher had just put his side in the lead from the spot when Miller’s assistant “took offence” to a comment made by Mackay.

The 37-year-old said: “Scott Loach was facing a penalty and the linesman kept talking to Scott before the penalty, telling him to keep back on the line.

“I had a talk with him as he went back up the line and he took exception to it, so I have learnt my lesson.

“It is a bit ironic that for the first time I take charge of the game officially as manager, I will not be standing in my usual position but you have to get on with it.

“I have total confidence in my staff, in Sean Dyche and David Kerslake and I will be sitting up with Alec Chamberlain.”

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1:36pm Fri 7 Aug 09

dogwfc says...

More good news then. At least England are doing well in the cricket today!
More good news then. At least England are doing well in the cricket today! dogwfc
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1:51pm Fri 7 Aug 09

worthing_hornet says...

FA - very appropriately titled. So if Malky hadn't gone back into management for another 5 years, would the ban still stand or is there an expiry period?!?

FA - very appropriately titled. So if Malky hadn't gone back into management for another 5 years, would the ban still stand or is there an expiry period?!? worthing_hornet
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2:58pm Fri 7 Aug 09

eltonsarmy says...

This story will be run again soon as new with MM and Dyche on the side lines I think we will be lucky to have the both together for most games (: I know who will win the dug out banter this year!!

Go boys Watfor dtill I die!
This story will be run again soon as new with MM and Dyche on the side lines I think we will be lucky to have the both together for most games (: I know who will win the dug out banter this year!! Go boys Watfor dtill I die! eltonsarmy
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