Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell must wait to discover if he will face a touchline ban after his Scottish FA hearing was postponed until September 30.
Kettlewell is due to face two separate charges after being issued with a notice of complaint following County’s 1-0 defeat away to Livingston on August 29, in which the Staggies boss was shown a red card by referee John Beaton.
Kettlewell’s first alleged breach relates to comments he made about Beaton after the game, while the second charge is for alleged misconduct at the match.
The postponement means Kettlewell will be in the dugout when County travel to St Johnstone tomorrow, with the County boss forced to wait until a week on Wednesday to learn his fate.
Kettlewell said: “I believe I was factual with what I was saying, but also at one stage the fashion I have said it is completely wrong.
“I have had bits of that throughout my career. I believe I’m improving, and I can keep a lid on my anger and temper. It’s so important when you’re the manager of a football club you are a reflection of your players and they are a reflection of you.
“I have to hold my hands up for the way I have spoken. In terms of the factual matter, and how I originally addressed the situation, I don’t believe I was wrong.
“But I will accept what comes my way, I will deal with it and ensure it doesn’t affect the players or staff around the football club.”
County are fifth in the Premiership ahead of tomorrow’s Perth encounter but have a cluster of teams narrowly behind them, which Kettlewell says makes it all the more important to end the five-game sequence without a win.
He added: “There’s only three points between ourselves and the bottom of the table. That shows you everyone has had a couple of good weeks and performances.
“It’s vitally important you are on your mettle every single week because if you’re not then you find yourself starting to get cut adrift.
“It can be hard to get out of that rut, so it’s important you keep chipping away at the points tally and also that we keep turning in performances home and away because I believe that builds confidence.”
Kettlewell is eager to restore sharpness in both attack and defence, adding: “I genuinely believe that at some point with the chances we’ve been creating and the type of football we have been playing then we will go and score three or four goals in a game and it wouldn’t surprise me.
“But I’d also like to bring in that clean sheet element we had in our first two games as well because we were solid and it looked as if we were giving away very few chances in all situations.
“It’s important we get that blend back into the team.”