Dean Keates will begin the first of his three-match touchline ban in Saturday’s visit of Maidenhead United, forced to settle for a watching brief from high up in the Racecourse stands, but insists: “I prefer to watch it up there”.

Keates will be absent from the dugout for Saturday’s encounter and the ensuing National League clash at Macclesfield Town and FA Trophy encounter with Harrogate Town after accepting a charge of improper conduct toward officials following Wrexham’s draw at home with Sutton United.

The Dragons boss is not allowed to make any contact with the coaching staff during the game, but has played down the idea of being in the stands as a disadvantage and admits he will be in his ‘preferred’ vantage point.

“It is what it is, I can still go into the changing room, I am just not allowed on the pitch side, so I will swap places with Darlo (coach Carl Darlington),” said Keates.

“I will sit up top (in the stand) and if I am entirely honest I prefer to watch it up there. I enjoy seeing it (games) from up there, you can see the whole pitch from a different vantage point.

“I have still got access to the changing room, but all it is I am not allowed on the sidelines.

“For me when we train on the pitch sometimes in between what we are doing I will go up top and you can see the bigger picture. That is why we like to have it recorded and so you can see a better vantage point, and see distances between players and units. Obviously it is not ideal, but it is what it is and we will get on with it.”

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