Forest Green manager Troy Deeney has been handed a four-game touchline ban for his conduct in his side’s fixture against Swindon Town in February. The ex-Watford star was sent off in the 85th minute of the match, with an investigation into the matter seeing him handed a fine of £1,500 as well.
Deeney joined Forest Green in the summer as a player-coach but was quickly made manager after David Horseman left the club by mutual consent, with the club sitting in 23rd place in League Two. The arrival of the former Birmingham City forward has not sparked the team into life though as The Green Devils are now rock-bottom of the table, with Deeney yet to guide his side to victory since his appointment.
The 35-year-old has come under fire for his style of management over the past few weeks as well, with the outspoken manager willing to throw his players under the bus and publicly call out players he says are not meeting the mark on the pitch.
Things have since gone from bad to worse for Deeney after the FA ruled that he would serve a significant suspension after being sent off against Swindon on December 29. The Englishman was given his marching orders with just five minutes left on the clock after Dan Kemp had given his side the lead late on.
A statement from the FA read: “Forest Green Rovers manager Troy Deeney has been banned from the touchline for four matches and fined following the EFL League Two fixture against Swindon Town on Friday 29 December 2023.
“It was alleged that during the 85th minute of the fixture, his behaviour and language leading to his dismissal was improper and/or abusive and/or insulting and/or threatening. It was further alleged that following his dismissal, his language towards a match official was improper and/or abusive and/or insulting. The charges were found proven and the sanctions were imposed by an independent Regulatory Commission.”