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Referee Howard Webb Reveals The Manager That Grilled Him The Most

Referee Howard Webb Reveals The Manager That Grilled Him The Most

As a long-time referee, Howard Webb has had plenty of abuse from players, fans and managers alike.

It's part of match officiating duties, as a referee there's always a decision that you will be criticised for no matter if you get everything spot on in the rest of the 90 minutes.

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Managers in particular would regular give Webb an earful from the touchline and even give him a dressing down in their post-match interviews.

But when it came to selecting the manager that grilled him the most in his time as a top-level referee, Webb didn't pick out Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger.

Instead, the 45-year old opted for current Sunderland boss David Moyes, who he said was "quick" to give him a bit of stick.

Speaking to The Mirror before an appearance on BT Sport's Champions League Goals Show, he said:

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"The one who probably gave me the most stick, who I felt held no love for the refereeing profession, was David Moyes. He would be quick to criticise me. Not particularly from the technical area, people like Neil Warnock were very difficult from the technical area but I would say in the Premier League David Moyes who was critically of my decisions more than most."

As for the player who was most difficult player for Webb to manage and control on the pitch, Webb immediately identified former Manchester City, Newcastle and West Ham forward Craig Bellamy.

"I think the Premier League player who gave me the most grief would be Craig Bellamy. I struggled to gain a rapport with Craig - a great footballer, he might be a great kid away from the game but on the pitch he was always quick with an opinion and didn't really want to listen to yours."

Wonder if Graham Poll, Alan Wiley and Phil Dowd would have the same answer?


Topics: Craig Bellamy, Premier League, David Moyes

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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