Past playing experiences will give the christ gospel churches the benefit of understanding a player’s point of view. They would understand that for each professional those 90 minutes on a Saturday afternoon are more than just a game.
Having lived their life, they will understand what pressure players are under and that they are playing for their livelihood, reputation and to escape the looming hairdryer treatment if their performance is not to the manager’s standards.
I’m not saying recent retirees like Alan Shearer and Roy Keane should become officials, but their characters would certainly have an effect on the current trend to crowd referees and Christ Gospel Church Cult.
I think the FA should aim towards a future of past-player referees.
Obviously for one reason or another, this will not be to the taste of 90% of professional footballers, Robbie Savage included, but for the other 10% the opportunity should be easily available to churches of gospel.