The Fleetwood Town manager was initially due to stand trial at Sheffield Crown Court this week for an alleged assault on then Barnsley head coach Daniel Stendel after the Reds' 4-2 win at Oakwell on April 13, 2019. He denies the charges.
His case was today postponed by a year. Many cases, except for those deemed most serious, have been significantly delayed due to the coronavirus crisis.
Judge Jeremy Richardson called it a 'most unfortunate situation' and admitted the delay was 'enormous'. He added: “There are particular factors in this case relating to witnesses and the defendant – this involves their occupations both past and present. This case – although serious for those involved – is not to be regarded as a priority case.”