Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Ref's Memoir Tells How Coaches Work Game Officials
Times (U.K.), January 26th, 2009 3:15PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Retired French referee Bruno Derrien has published a memoir, "Down With The Referee," telling how managers and coaches cultivate their relationships with match officials. According to the book, "the canniest coaches manage their relationships with referees as studiously as they do with their players," writes Ian Hawkey.

Derrien tells, for example, how Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson came to the referee's locker room at the end of a Champions League game at Old Trafford, when his club had beaten Olympiakos of Greece 4-0. "You had another really good game tonight," Ferguson told referee Gilles Veissiere, before handing the Frenchman and his assistants each a United replica jersey. Derrien, the fourth official that night, said there was nothing against the rules in Ferguson's compliment, but that it left an impression on him as an eye-witness.

Derrien also reveals how long-serving Auxerre coach Guy Roux would ask to check the match ball before every game, giving him the chance to casually remark to the refereeing team: "I've got a couple of really quick wingers. You wouldn't believe how often they get called offside when they're not, they move so fast." As Derrien puts it, this left the linesmen "well warned. Or even manipulated?" Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Atletico Madrid Signs Young French Star    
Spanish La Liga champion Atletico Madrid has acquired 23-year-old French World Cup winger Antoine Griezmann from ...
Cuauhtemoc Blanco Makes Comeback at 41    
Former Mexico striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco has returned to the top flight of Mexican soccer at the ...
Jack Wilshere Regrets Having a Smoke    
What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was caught on ...
Dick Advocaat Takes Serbia Helm    
Dutchman Dick Advocaat, whose resume includes stints as coach of the Netherlands, South Korea, PSV Eindhoven ...
Arsenal Buys Teen Defender for $27 million    
Arsenal has signed England U-19 defender Calum Chambers from Southampton for about $27 million. The 19-year-old ...
Schweinsteiger Says Sorry for Insulting Song    
World Cup winner and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has apologized after a video appeared of ...
Lionel Messi Not Clear of Tax Trouble    
Despite the prosecutor arguing in June that his father Jorge was responsible for the family's finances ...
Ranieri Named Greece Coach     
Claudio Ranieri on Friday signed a two-year deal to manage Greece. The 62-year-old Italian replaces Fernando ...
West Ham's Carroll to Miss Four Months    
West Ham striker Andy Carroll is set to miss up to four months after suffering ankle ...
Pinto Quits Costa Rica     
Jorge Luis Pinto, who guided Costa Rica to a surprise quarterfinal finish at the World Cup ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives