So here's my story from today's interview with Howard Webb that I did over the phone this morning. He was absolutely charming and wished me well with my Level 5. Couldn't be further from my last chat with a top English ref, Graham Poll, who couldn't resist taking the mickey out of my weight when I spoke to him at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Well Mr Poll, the joke's on you!! You showed three yellows and I'm still reffing!!
Below are some of the quotes from Webb that I didn't use in my AP story. Interesting thoughts on how you make decisions.
"It's really refreshing to hear that some refs suffer from a lack of confidence. You have peaks and troughs of confidence throughout your career. They last less long the more experienced you become.
"Sometimes you see the ball so clearly it's easy to make a decision but sometimes you're going with instinct.
"Some of the very best decisions come from your instinct not from what you see. If you only relied solely on what yousaw you'd miss too many decisions to be a top ref.
"Mark Clattemburg, in his first premier league game, in the first minute, liverpool-arsenal; he made a big decision to penalise Robin van Persie after he lobbed the outrushing Pepe Reyna for handling the ball. He felt something wasn't right
"Sometimes you have to go with a gut feeling. It's not guessing, it's following your experience and judgment.
"The best refs are those who are judged by their gut feeling being accurate