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Author Topic: The EFL Carabao Cup – Final (Sun 1st MAR 2020 at Wembley Stadium)  (Read 2620 times)

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I don't see the issue with people questioning the appointment. It always seems odd to me when people go excessive on the congratulations for a final, as if they know the person or the person is likely to read it. If Simon Hooper is appointed to Chelsea V Spurs this weekend in the PL then no one is going to congratulate him but many would question it, so why should it be that much different for a final? In many ways, the more important the game, the more scrutiny there should be.

When Steve McClaren was appointed England manager, was no one allowed to qustion it because he'd been a manager for quite a few years and it was a big appointment for him?

For what it's worth, I have mixed feelings on the appointment. Lee Mason is an experienced PL referee and I think has had a solid season so it is reasonable that he should come under consideration. But equally I don't think it's wrong to question if he has been fortunate to spend 15 years or so as a PL referee or to ponder if this reflects an overall decline in the depth of refereeing at the top level.

I Don't Agree, A Cup final Is quite a big thing for a referee to get, (Yes I Know how undervalued the league cup is nowadays), why wouldn't you congratulate someone on it, Refs Generally work towards getting these appointments, it's not just a regular league game. Mason may have been poor in previous seasons, but he has in fairness to him been decent this season, it seems some aren't willing to give him any credit for that for some reason. he is getting this on merit this time.

But is that not the very point we are making. Is he getting this appointment “on merit”? He may have had a better season than most of his 15 years on the PL. However if this appointment is made on merit then I can think of a few refs who have never had the League Cup Final and have been better this season, so why on merit have they not been chosen? Is it not more of a case of “we have a dearth of refs capable - the likes of Tierney, Bankes, Kavanagh are still young and will get it in due course - so who do we give it to this time? Ah, Lee Mason hasn’t had it so let’s give it to him”
This line of thought wouldn’t have happened in the past as the quality was much higher in my opinion and sadly the likes of some of those mentioned earlier never got the prestigious chance to referee a final. I still maintain that Mason is fortunate to have got the final by virtue of age, length of service and lack of quality around

It happens in most County FA's across the country, with officials from Level 7 upwards, for the end of season prestigious matches?
Why should the SG1 organisation be any different? 
It's a 'top match' at SG1 level but all the matches within the County's are 'top matches' at their own levels and they will be appointed for many reasons, not just for being the 'best in class'.
“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”  Laurence Binyon
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