Preston boss Alex Neil will watch behaviour as red and yellow cards are introduced for referees

Preston manager Alex Neil says he will be watching his step on the sidelines after the FA introduced yellow and red cards to punish misconduct in the technical area.

Wednesday, 1st August 2018, 2:23 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st August 2018, 3:33 pm

The football authorities want to see better behaviour from managers and coaches.

Those who accumulate four yellows will face a game sat in the stands.

Cards will be shown for a ‘stage one warning’, covering inappropriate language and gestures to match officials, the kicking or throwing of water bottles, sarcastic clapping to undermine authority and the waving of an imaginary card.

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Alex Neil shakes hands with referee Geoff Eltringham after PNE's game at Derby last season

It has been known for Neil to take out his frustration on his water bottle

Neil said: “I will do my best to keep myself in check.

“It is not easy down there, you just want to see your team win and do well.

“You do get frustrated when you work on lots of things and then someone who should make a three-yard pass gives the ball away.”

Neil thinks the measures have come in after a couple of high-profile spats on the sidelines.

“If you look at last season there was the time when Neil Warnock and Nuno Santos after a game were shouting and bawling at each other,” said Neil.

“That is probably where it has come from and the one when Garry Monk and David Wagner clashed.

“They are trying to get the respect for the fourth official and referee.

“Last season when we played Aston Villa away was as frustrated and angry I have been after we got a penalty give against us.

“It is hard to keep your cool when there is a lot of pressure on a game.

“However, I don’t condone anyone clashing on the sides, especially managers.”

Four yellows triggers one game in the stand, eight cards two games and 12 three games.

Neil said: “If I’m like Ben Pearson I will spending most of my time sat up there in the stand!”