West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes that more ex-players should be encouraged to become referees, according to The
Allardyce was speaking ahead of West Ham’s visit to deposed champions Man City, where in the reverse fixture at Upton Park in November Kevin Nolan had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside.
Allardyce believes that more ex-players, specifically those who do not quite make the grade between the ages of 18 and 22, should be offered more encouragement to get into officiating.
He said: “There are lots of ex-players who don’t quite make it between the ages of 18 and 22, that, when released by clubs, will be very interested in going into refereeing.
“They all have a knowledge of the game and a knowledge of the laws of the game. We’ve enough money in football to pay them, haven’t we? We’ve billions.
“Development and recruitment of referees is something that needs a big push. The more people you get through the door, the better standard you get, eventually.”
Allardyce believes that this move would raise the standard of refereeing, something which is often criticized both in the media and among those in the game itself.
The former Newcastle manager also believes that the new Financial Fair Play regulations due to be enforced in the Premier League next season may only serve to further widen the gap between the league’s top clubs and those below them, as sponsorship deals are exempt from the ruling.
Man City raised £400m to rename Eastlands “The Etihad Stadium”, and Allardyce feels that this case highlights the division of class present in the Premier League.
He continued: “There will be those who are interested in wealth as well as football and the wealth of Manchester City will have its success rate.
“It depends on the turnover. How much did they get Etihad Stadium sponsored for? That’s increased their revenues.”
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