Saturday, 26 November 2011

Pulis plan to revolutionise football with manager's challenge

Tony Pulis wants to revolutionise football by allowing managers to challenge refereeing decisions during the game.

In the week FIFA started looking into the idea of goal-line technology, Stoke boss Pulis wants to go a stage further.

He has devised a tennis style challenge system where managers can ask for a decision to be instantly reviewed by a fourth official watching a monitor in the stands.

Managers would be restricted to one challenge in each half only – even if their appeal was upheld.

The forward-thinking Potters chief believes the concept would ease the pressure on referees in an era when every decision is pored over by football pundits.

And he is convinced it would save bosses like him from fines for criticising refs. Pulis is currently considering whether to appeal a £10,000 punishment for post match statements following the recent defeat by Liverpool.

Pulis said: ``There are many issues that are just as important as goal-line technology.

``We saw certain decisions last weekend where a lot of criticism could be saved if there was an opportunity for a manager to make a challenge once in each half.

``If it is proved to be right it takes the pressure off the referee as it does in cricket, tennis and rugby.

``Someone in the stand would have a monitor and you give him a shout that we want to call against that decision.

``It would take 30 seconds and you could have it on the big screen. It would add to the excitement as it has done in tennis, as it has done in cricket and as it has done in rugby.

``It would bring a sense of expectancy. It has added to the entertainment in other sports and could do so in football.''

Pulis points to last weekend as a clear reason for the need to introduce his challenge idea.

On a bad day for refs Blackburn's goal in the 3-3 draw last week came from Morten Gamst Pedersen's illegally taken corner.

And Stoke saw two cast-iron penalty shouts turned down by referee Mike Jones in their 3-2 defeat by QPR.

All three decisions would probably have been reversed if TV evidence has been immediately available.

Pulis added: ``I honestly believe this would take pressure off the referees because it gets them out of a situation when they have made a poor decision that is affecting the game.

``Stoke last week would have been a classic situation where Mike Jones has missed two penalties.

``I would have made two calls last week and I would have been doing somersaults.''

Managers would be restricted to only one challenge per half to ensure the game is not continuously stopped.

And Pulis believes his peers would be circumspect in their use of the technology because they feared getting a wrong call and losing the opportunity to ask for a later decision to be reviewed.

He added: ``You can't call it willy-nilly. When you use it, you have to be certain.

``You can't keep the call if you are right either because otherwise it would go on and on.

``And it would put pressure on managers because if you called one first half and it wasn't that brilliant and there was a banker and you couldn't call it, you would be left looking silly.

``You have to be careful when you call. You have to call it absolutely because you lose the call.''

Pulis wants the idea brought in even if the rest of world football is against it as he feels it would be more advantageous in the Premier League than elsewhere.

And he points out that European competitions now have their own derivatives with officials behind the goal that are not permitted in domestic games.

He added: ``I think we have to move on. We have moved on in other areas and in this country where you have more action in the final third than any other country in the world it would be a massive benefit.

``We have fourth or fifth officials behind the goals doing nothing in the Europa League so why can't we have this just in the Premier League?''


  1. Totally agree with this, there's one person who doesn't have access to a video replay and that's the ref. It's crazy, the pundits sit and criticise referees which is very easy to do in a nice studio watching a slow motion replay on a huge TV screen.

    Football is behind every other sport in using technology, another reason why blatter should go...

  2. I'm totally against it. If we cut out the controversey there will be nothing to debate in the pubs. People will talk about other stuff and not football which is bad for the game.