MARK CLATTENBURG: Having Premier League referees train with clubs is a great idea
MARK CLATTENBURG: Getting Premier League referees to train with clubs is a great idea that would improve their relations… but the fuel it would give to conspiracy theorists is a problem
As Sportsmail exclusively reports, umpires could soon start training with clubs, thanks to a proposal from Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
Amid concerns from top managers over the performance of officials, the German has suggested that the relationship between players and officials could be improved if the umpires on Premier League training grounds did their best with the stars.
Rangnick recently told a summit between managers and referee boss Mike Riley that officials should train with clubs so that players can get to know them, rather than just seeing them during matches.
sports post columnist Mark Clattenburg gives his view on the proposed changes…
Sportsmail columnist Mark Clattenburg backs the idea of top referees like Anthony Taylor (pictured) training with teams
This was floating around when I was a referee in the Premier League. The idea was that we would go to a local club, someone whose matches we were not allowed to watch.
For me that would be Newcastle United. So I went in, trained with the squad, directed their little games, sat down with the players, listened to feedback and gave them feedback myself.
I thought it would improve our relationship and I still think it’s a great idea now.
Referees know the rules of the game inside out, but this gives them a chance to understand the game from the player’s point of view.
The only problem with this plan, however, is the fuel it would give to conspiracy theorists
The only problem with this plan is the fuel it would give to conspiracy theorists.
Suppose Michael Oliver trained with Newcastle and then made a controversial decision that went against one of their relegation rivals, there would be outrage.
Likewise, who would Anthony Taylor train with? He is from Manchester but supports Altrincham.
If he trains at Manchester City, should he be allowed to whistle their matches? Again, the first decision that helped City would be under scrutiny.