Head of refereeing for the Premier League Mike Riley will step down from his role next season
Premier League chief referee Mike Riley will step down from post next season after top clubs felt too many mistakes had been made under his supervision during the 2021-2022 campaign
- Premier League chief referee Mike Riley fights to save his job
- Top English clubs had reportedly complained about his competence
- They think too many mistakes were made among the 57-year-old last season
- Riley’s role at PGMOL is expected to be split once he is replaced next season
Mike Riley, the Premier League chief of referees, will step down from his post next season following complaints from several top clubs about his competence.
It was previously reported that a large number of Premier League clubs were pushing for a change in injunction as they felt too many mistakes were being made during matches in the 2021-22 season.
A statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Board has now confirmed that Riley will step down from his role next season – a position he has held since 2009 when he replaced Keith Hackett.
Mike Riley will leave his role as head of referee for the Premier League next season
Top flying clubs felt that too many refereeing errors had been made in the 21-22 season
Riley’s role will be split after his departure from PGMOL, with the goal of appointing a chief referee, who will be responsible for the development of match officials, and a chief operating officer, who will lead the organization.
After his departure was confirmed, Riley said: “I am proud of the contribution our match officials have made to the professional game and have enjoyed working with such a dedicated, professional and high quality group at all levels managed by PGMOL.
“As the Elite Referee Development Plan begins to take shape, now is the time to plan for the future and build the new leadership team on the strong foundations we have.
Riley has held the role since 2009 when he met former umpire Keith Hackett. replaced
“I look forward to working with the new team next season and giving them my support before I step down.”
It was previously reported that the Premier League is aiming to get Howard Webb back in the squad.
Webb, who retired from the field in 2014, could be someone talked about for a senior position at PGMOL.
Riley was in charge when VAR came in at the start of the 2018-2019 season and has helped the Premier League transition.
The Premier League wants to bring Howard Webb back to English football for the role
The Premier League introduces the Elite Referee Development Plan, which aims to improve the standards of refereeing in the English game
However, clubs have not always been happy with the adoption of the new technology and have called the system.
The Premier League is looking to make a number of other changes in the run-up to the 2022-2023 season.
They introduce the Elite Referee Development Plan, which aims to improve the standards of refereeing in the English game.
PGMOL plans to bring in a training supremo, a psychologist and a sports scientist as part of a large-scale plan to improve standards.
In a massive move likely to cost more than £500,000 a year, 12 new roles have been created amid fierce criticism of the performance levels in the English men’s and women’s game.
Jon Moss (top left) and Martin Atkinson (right) are retired and will take on two of the 12 new roles
The organization is also looking for a coaching director, who will lead the training of the 600 officials active in the Premier League, EFL and women’s games.
The move follows the retirement of long-standing whistleblowers Jon Moss and Martin Atkinson, who will take on the Select Group 1 (Premier League) Manager & Coach roles, respectively, and fill two of the 12 roles starting next season.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said of Riley’s departure: “On behalf of the Premier League, I would like to thank Mike for his valuable contribution and significant commitment to PGMOL over the past 13 years, as well as his significant service to the game as an elite referee for 20 years.” year.
During his time at PGMOL he has worked hard to deliver and develop high quality match officials in the professional game and led the implementation of VAR in the Premier League three seasons ago.