Meet The Ref - Man U v Latics - Michael Oliver
The Latics travel to Old Trafford on Saturday to face Manchester United, a ground where we never seem to get a fair crack of the whip from refereeing decisions, so who is in charge of the game this weekend, Michael Oliver that's who
The Northumberland based official had five games in charge of the Latics last 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 and the last game of the season when we beat Wolves 3-2 at home, so not too bad a record there
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 - 2
Yellows - 1
Reds - 1
Manchester United v Wigan Athletic
Referee: M Oliver
Assistants: S Ledger, M Scholes
Fourth Official: P Dowd
Latics and Proud
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