REFEREES are set to train with Premier League players in a bid to improve relations, according to reports.
The proposal was put forward by Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
Ralf Rangnick believes referees training with Premier League clubs will help build relationships and improve performancesCredit: AP
He feels the performances of top-flight officials could be improved by the refs going through their paces with clubs in the week.
And it would also help build rapport between the two groups come matchdays.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the suggestion was largely supported when Rangnick raised it at a recent summit involving managers and referees.
The PGMOL, who organise the refs in the Premier League, are said to be keen to have their whistlers use the elite-level facilities at clubs.
It is thought the new idea – dubbed the ref revolution – could come into force as early as next season.
One way that could be done is by the likes of Michael Oliver, Anthony Taylor and Co taking charge of training-ground matches.
Elsewhere at the summit, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, Norwich’s Dean Smith, Everton’s Frank Lampard, Brighton’s Graham Potter and Rangnick all voiced their desire for designated VAR officials.
The terminology of “clear and obvious” when overturning decisions and the delayed offside flag also need looking at, the gaffers said.
Smith and Lampard want the opportunity to talk with referees 30 minutes after full-time to return amid Covid restrictions loosening.
Prem refs could also take charge of training-ground practice gamesCredit: Getty
Dean Smith wants the chance to talk to referees after matches againCredit: Reuters