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Banned manager watches game from attic

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When your manager gets a stadium ban, you don’t expect him to still be able to watch the game, especially when the game is not on TV.

But being handed a six-game ban was not enough to stop Poole Town manager Tom Killick from seeing his charges take on Cambridge City in the Southern League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football.

Watching the game from the Poole Town groundsman’s attic, Killick was able to witness a 3-2 win that took his side to the top of the table, snatching all three points with an 89th minute penalty.

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After the game, Killick gave his reasons why he decided to watch from the window, telling the Bournemouth Echo: “From the house, I can see the whole pitch. It’s always good to see the match but it’s tough to be so far away from the players.”

He claimed the bizarre scenario had little effect on the players: “Fortunately, the players weren’t affected by the situation and they deserve all the credit for the win.”

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Poole are now in pole position for promotion to the Conference South, leading the league on 83 points, a point ahead of anyone else, with three games in hand on their nearest challengers, Corby Town.

This could be the next step for Premier League managers like Tim Sherwood and Nigel Pearson, who prefer to sit in the stands than in the dugout!

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