Premier League

Ralf Rangnick proposes Premier League referees train with teams

Sean Walsh
Rangnick put forward plans at a recent conference
Rangnick put forward plans at a recent conference / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick is behind a proposal that could see Premier League referees train with the division's 20 teams.

The standard of top-level officiating has continued to come in for heavy criticism from managers, players and fans alike this season.

And the Daily Mail report that Rangnick put forward an idea for referees to carry out their training with clubs in an attempt to improve relations during a recent conference with PGMOL chief Mike Riley.

The German theorised that allowing referees to be in close quarters with players on a more regular basis would allow both sides to get to know each other better.

Rangnick was backed by the other managers in attendance and the plan is now being considered by PGMOL ahead of its potential introduction from next season.

At present, referees train together away from clubs a few times a week before they are delegated fixtures to take charge of.

Elsewhere at the conference, a number of managers - including Rangnick and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp - asserted that the Premier League needs to introduce specialist VAR officers, and there was also heavy criticism of the 'clear and obvious' term that warrants VAR to step in.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche also made an impassioned plea to officials to punish players for simulation, while Norwich's Dean Smith and West Ham's David Moyes spoke out against the delayed raising of offside flags in certain instances.