West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce feels the English game needs to get serious about the recruitment of referees.
Allardyce was fuming after West Ham's 2-1 defeat at home to Liverpool after which he was heavily critical of referee Anthony Taylor and his team.
"Everybody that works in the game, we know what we would like but it's whether we can persuade the Premier League and the governing bodies to accept what we know would make it better," he said. "If we had done it six or seven years ago it would be a lot better now, they haven't done it yet, but hopefully one day they'll take notice of us and they will.
"I'm talking about recruitment of referees and development of referees in an environment. How do you recruit? Where do you recruit from?
"Get them off the parks, and into academies, young referees who have played the game and been released by clubs, as well as young referees who fancy a career at a professional level.
"Really our next level should be professional assistants, no doubt about that, as managers we'd all like professional assistants, so the referee works with the same group wherever he goes, to improve the communication between each other, and I think that would help as well."
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