Former Doncaster Rovers manager Dave Penney has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he assaulted a police officer.
Mr Penney denied assaulting a police officer and criminal damage and the case, heard at Southend Magistrates Court, was adjourned until October 26.
The case will now be heard as a trial at Basildon Magistrates Court.
Mr Penney is now the assistant manger of Southend United, who were promoted from League Two last season.
Mr Penney, aged 50, of Lower Oxford Street, Castleford, was Doncaster Rovers manager when they were promoted back to the Football League from the Conference in the 2002-03 season.
Born in Wakefield, he made his name as a player in South Wales, playing for both Swansea City and Cardiff City, before signing for Doncaster Rovers.
He was one of manager Ian Snodin’s first signings for Rovers when he joined the club in 1998.
He played for the club in the Conference and was the club captain when they won the Conference Trophy in front of 7,000 fans at Belle Vue.
Penney was made Rovers manager on a caretaker basis along with follow player Ian Atkins after Ian Snodin left the club.
Snodin was replaced in the post by Steve Wignall.
But when Wignall left, Penney was given the job on a permanent basis. he guided the club to back-to-back promotions in his his first two seasons as manager at the club.