Ex-Uefa official: Liverpool set for behind-the-scenes showdown talks as 'amazing' claim issued
If Howard Webb is named as the new head of the PGMOL he needs to visit Liverpool and every other Premier League club to open clear lines of communication and accountability.
That is the view of ex-Uefa and Premier League and the former head of the PGMOL Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as the organisation begins its search for a new leader.
As relayed by the Athletic on Saturday (25 June), current head Mike Riley has confirmed his decision to leave the role in a statement.
The Telegraph reported the same day that Webb, who is under contract at MLS in a similar role until December, is set to take over.
“For the new person coming in he will have a bit of a monkey on his back in terms of when is this guy going to go,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“The indications are at the end of the season, I would prefer that to be much quicker.
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“At any business, there’s got to be a reasonable handover period so I understand that but I don’t think it takes half a year.
“Part of this may be down to the availability of the targets they’ve got in mind. They are talking about the potential of Howard Webb.
“Even if that is the case. This is a business and a company. A company has to go through the process of advertising the two jobs, the interview process and then the appointment.
“The person coming in has got come in with leadership and improve the communication process.
“What the new boss needs to do is go in front of every manager in the Premier League and talk to media to clarify the laws.
“This void of no communication has led to the impasse of someone having to leave.
“I have no doubts that there are a number of people doing this job and Howard is one of them. I’ve said what a good job he has done in MLS.
“What amazes me about this decision and how it has come about is why after appointing Jon Moss, Martin Atkinson and Kevin Freind to positions of authority in the PGMOL, why would you then resign and say a new guy’s coming in?
The new guy coming in has got to do a root and branch review of the organisation.”