Date: 22nd August 2011 at 11:53pm
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The Wigan Athletic v Queens Park Rangers Premier League clash at the DW Stadium on Saturday will be refereed by 26 year old Ashington based official, Michael Oliver.

The Northumberland born whistle blower took charge of his first Premier League game in August last year when he refereed the Birmingham v Blackburn early season fixture.

According to a recent interview on refworld.com, 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, 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 – 5, reds – 0



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