Date:Wednesday May 9 2012
Party time at the DW Stadium this weekend as the Latics take on Wolves in the final game of the season, Premier League survival already guaranteed Martinez's men should be relaxed in their football, considering that opponents Wolves are already down then this promises to be a very open game of football, keeping the game flowing and blowing his whistle at the side of the River Douggie this weekend will be the Premier Leagues youngest man in the middle Michael Oliver
This will be the Northumberland based officials fifth game in charge of the Latics this season, the 2-2 draw away at Stoke, the goalless home draw against Liverpool, the 2-0 defeat of QPR and the 1-1 draw with West Brom at the DW being the previous four
Oliver took charge of his first Premier League game in August 2010 when he refereed the Birmingham v Blackburn early season fixture.
According to a recent interview, Oliver considers the skills needed to be a top class referee are man management and awareness, all sounds very 'The Apprentice' to me, let's hope he is aware and manages to have a good game on Saturday.
Below is an excerpt from that interview:
How did you get introduced to refereeing?
From watching my dad referee locally when I was younger (i.e. 14)
What skills do you think you need to become a referee?
The two main ones I believe are: Man-Management and awareness
Who has been the biggest influence in your career and why?
My Dad, Clive. Perfect coach to have having refereed at the same level. Willing to listen and lend a hand, but not afraid to tell it like it is.
In your opinion who is/was the best referee?
Pierluigi Collina - He had a presence.
Michael Oliver Card Watch 2011/12
Games - 35
Yellows - 91
Reds - 4
Latics and Proud
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Date:Wednesday May 9 2012
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