Former Doncaster Rovers boss Dave Penney has been arrested after assaulting a police officer as he celebrated his new club’s promotion.
Penney, 50, now assistant manager at Southend United, was arrested outside a casino in the Essex seaside resort as players and officials celebrated United’s League Two play-off final win over Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley on Saturday.
The manager, who guided Rovers to two successive promotions, reportedly became involved in a late-night punch up after his side’s promotion to League One.
According to The Sun, Penney has now been charged with assaulting a cop following the fracas at 3am on Sunday, just hours after his side’s dramatic victory at Wembley.
Penney - right-hand-man to colourful manager Phil Brown - had been celebrating securing League One football when he was taken into custody following the incident outside the Rendezvous casino at Southend Kursaal.
He was later charged with assaulting a police officer, assault and criminal damage.
Following the alleged attack he appeared on his team’s open-top bus for a tour of Southend on Monday with dark glasses and a visible gash on his forehead.
Southend United sealed promotion with a 7-6 win on penalties over Wycombe Wanderers following a 1-1 draw after extra time.
A spokesman for Essex Police confirmed the charges.
Penney, who lives in West Yorkshire, is now set to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court on June 8.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: “A man has been charged with two counts of assault and one count of criminal damage following an incident shortly before 3am on Sunday, May 24.
“David Penney, aged 50, of Lower Oxford Street, Castleford, West Yorkshire, was charged with assault, assaulting a police officer and criminal damage.
“He is due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court on June 8.
“A 24-year-old woman from Yorkshire was cautioned for assault.”
Wakefield-born Penney arrived at Doncaster as a player under Ian Snodin in 1998 and became boss in 2002, guiding Rovers back into the Football League with victory in the Conference play-off final in the 2002–03 season.
The following season he guided Rovers to the Division Three title and famously masterminded victories over Premier League sides Manchester City and Aston Villa, and nearly overcame Arsenal in the League Cup quarter-finals before finally being beaten in a penalty shootout.
He was replaced by Sean O’Driscoll in August 2006 and later had spells in charge of Darlington, Oldham Athletic and Bristol Rovers before becoming assistant at Southend.