Sam Allardyce is the latest manager to try to put pressure on a referee prior to a match with his advice to ref Andre Marriner that he needs to keep a close eye on Everton’s Tim Cahill when the teams meet this weekend.
In suggesting that Cahill gains an unfair advantage when attacking set pieces, Allardyce is clearly challenging Marriner to penalise Cahill’s combatative style.
It is yet another blatent example of intimidation towards match officials that has been pioneered and perfected over the years by serial ref basher Alex Ferguson. It is also yet another perfect example of how the FA do nothing, or very little to assist the refs.
Ironically one of the best examples of this technique was pulled off by Everton’s, David Moyes when stoked up press suggestions that Mike Riley might be a Manchester United fan ahead of their 2009 FA Cup semi-final.
Riley then went on to deny United a clear penalty after a foul by Phil Jagielka on Danny Welbeck, leaving the pioneer fuming and claiming Riley had been influenced by the remarks from Moyes.
Talk about getting shot with your own gun.