PREMIER LEAGUE officials expect boss Mike Riley to be axed by December – paving the way for Howard Webb to take over as chief referees.
SunSport understand a number of top-flight clubs have complained about the standard of administration and the use of VARs under the 57-year-old’s supervision.
This has led some Prem officials to believe that Riley’s tenure with the PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials) is coming to an end.
Riley has been in charge of the Prem umpires since January 2010.
And Webb, who retired from his on-field duties in 2014 and then became performance director at PGMOL, is the frontrunner to return.
Webb, who refereed the 2010 World Cup final between Holland and Spain, only held the role for 12 months and resigned out of frustration.
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The 50-year-old from Rotherham, Yorkshire, switched to MLS and is currently general manager of the Professional Referee Organisation, where he is under contract until January.
He also oversaw the use of VAR in America, which had better reviews than the Prem.
But the MLS referees department will conduct its own review in December, likely during the World Cup.
And that could allow Webb to make a comeback to English football in a managerial role.
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