Managers, for the most part, understand the repercussions of their ill-advised actions. They realise that a touchline ban for verbally attacking a referee or, as we saw last season, head-butting an opposition player is fair. And they accept it. The next game on TV, the manager can usually be seen in a box, high in the stands, too far away from the team to have any say on what goes on by the pitch. Some managers, though, just find it too hard to stay away.
Hamit Isik of Corum Belediyespor
Last week, news came from Turkey of a manager of a fourth division side ingeniously defying his 285-day stadium ban. Hamit Isik, the manager of Corum Belediyespor, was handed a 9-month stadium ban for angrily confronting a referee. He wasn’t having any of it though, and for his side’s playoff match against Darcia Genclerbirligi he hired a cherry picker crane to lift him over one of the stands.
Tom Killick of Poole Town
However, this has been done before (albeit without the use of hiring a construction vehicle). In late March this year, Poole Town manager Tom Killick, also serving a stadium ban, still wanted to watch his side’s match against Cambridge City. Making the use of his groundsman’s house, situated opposite Poole Town’s Tatnam ground, Tom Killick watched his side’s 3-2 win from the skylight in the attic. It was the next best thing to being in the dugout, and Killick even admitted that “in some ways it’s a better view because I’m looking at things from above”.
Ricardo Ferretti of Tigres
The measures taken by Hamit Isik and Tom Killick were pretty extreme, especially when considering the simple steps adopted by Tigres manager Ricardo Ferretti when he was sent off. Instead of walking down the tunnel after being sent off during his side’s 2-1 loss to Leones Negros, Ferretti proceeded to hide behind one of the benches in the dugout and peek through two chairs to watch the rest of the first half. Why hire a crane or climb up to the attic when you can just hide?