This will have in my opinion two benefits to the referees themselves.
- It will help to reduce physical and mental fatigue. Our referees operating in the middle one day and then driving to another appointment to carry out fourth official duties the next day is tiring.
- It will allow the referee to have a proper recovery session and start the process for the next game.
- The other benefit will reduce the Select Group 1 referees to the exposure of having to deal with managers when attempting to do the fourth official role.
Having to deal with conflict and support the referee out in the middle is not always easy. The fourth official can be easily drawn into the debate of the on field referees performance around certain decisions.
Trying to avoid this is not easy and when a fourth official does not engage in the discussion he is considered aloof by the managers and this has a negative effect on his status.
One benefit would be to appoint the SG2 referees in operation in the Championship. It will give them the much needed experience of exposure to Premier League games, working with their SG1 referees and assistant referees.
So PGMOL consider my proposals and do not discard it out of hand.