Howard Webb’s 25-year refereeing career ended on Wednesday after he was appointed the first technical director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited. The 43-year-old former policeman, widely regarded as the best English official of his generation, confirmed his shock retirement barely a week before the start of the new Premier League season.
The first man to referee the Champions League and World Cup finals in the same year – in 2010 – accepted a newly-created position within the body which governs elite refereeing in England, PGMOL.
Webb will be responsible for overseeing the technical direction and standards that govern the on-field performance of PGMOL’s match officials, will manage its training programme and coaching system, and will work extensively on the successful development programme that provides a pathway for referees through to the elite ‘Select Group’. Additionally Webb will take a public-facing role, informing and educating on refereeing matters, as well as joining PGMOL general manager Mike Riley’s management team.
“I am very excited to start this new chapter in my career after a wonderfully rewarding 25 years on the pitch,” Webb said.
Source: BBC News