James joins Carlisle on loan

Howard Webb thinks the respect shown by players towards referees

is better than ever.

Goalline technology will be introduced this season to try and

help officials, and Webb is fully behind behind the move.

Webb was speaking as the latest batch of young referees were

being put through their paces as part of an official traning day

involving the Referees Association.

As far as respect is concerned, Webb is in no doubt that the

game is moving in the right direction.

“It’s better than ever,” he told Sky Sports News. “I’ve been

involved in the Premier League for 10 years. If you look at the

records for cautions for dissent, the numbers are down.

“Speaking from personal experience, the relations I have with

players is by and large positive. Of course, football is an

emotional game and sometimes emotions spill over in a way that is

not acceptable, but most of the games that I am involved in pass

off without that sort of incident.

“For those of us in the Premier League, it’s our full-time

living. It’s our occupation. We have to be athletes – we have to be

totally physically and mentally prepared for the challenge.

“The demands are higher than ever before, and there’s more

scrutiny than there has ever been. I guess the youngsters who are

coming into the game now are hoping to get to that level.

“But to do so, they need to reach a certain standard in terms of

technical ability, physical stamina and fitness levels.”

Elite standard

David Elleray, the Referees’ Association chairman, is also

confident that the rewards now available at the top of the game

will ensure that the next generation of officials are of an elite


“The number of young referees people coming into football is

growing and growing,” said Elleray.

“I think the reason for that is the FA is looking after them

better and I think the interest is there because at the top level,

it’s a profession where you can now earn a good salary.

“Furthermore, if you want to be, you can be involved in the

biggest matches in the world in the best league in the world.”

One of the biggest innovations for this season will see the

introduction of goalline technology and Webb is in no doubt that it

will be a boon for spectators and referees alike.

“It is something quite new that we have not had before, and it

is something that we will all welcome,” he said.

“The biggest decision in the game is whether the ball has

crossed the line or not. It affects the result of the game and we

want to get those calls right.

“So if there is something that can help us get that right, then

why would we not want it?”

PSV have been strongly linked with a move to bring Gomes back to

the Philips Stadion, with Newcastle thought to be chasing Jeroen


Gomes enjoyed a successful four-year spell at PSV between 2004

and 2008 before making the move to Tottenham.

The 32-year-old, who is entering the final year of his contract

at Tottenham, has found himself down the pecking order at White

Hart Lane during the last two seasons and he spent the second half

of last term on loan at Hoffenheim.

Gomes is expected to leave Tottenham this summer and the

player’s agent Alex Soares admits that, although there has been no

contact from PSV, the keeper would be interested in a move back to


“Heurelho had a fantastic and victorious history at PSV. He

experienced the best time of his career there. To date he still

receives messages, letters etc… from the PSV fans,” Soares told

Sky Sports.

“Heurelho is a Tottenham player and he is under contract.

“I can confirm that we have not received any official offer or

contact from PSV in relation to Heurelho’s return.

“Maybe the rumours around his move to PSV is due to his previous

years at the club and the PSV fans’ wishes.

“I am sure that if PSV want him back, Gomes’ decision will be

very easy to take.”

Monk, who joined the Swans in 2004 and became skipper in 2006,

made just 15 appearances last season.

The 34-year-old is to retain the club captaincy, but 28-year-old

Williams – out of the side for only one Barclays Premier League

game last term – will lead the team on the field now, even when the

pair are playing together.

Monk told www.swanseacity.net: “It’s a personal decision from

myself. The way I look at being a captain, you should consistently

be on the pitch.

“Ash has been consistent on the pitch over a number of years.

I’ve said a few times I’ve not played as much as I would have

liked, but I’ve still contributed in a number of games.

“But, overall, I feel the team captain should be someone who is

on there as a figure of continuity. Ash is that.

“He has worn the armband when I’ve not played, so I felt it was

the right thing to do to let him lead the team out even when I was


“Obviously, if the manager (Michael Laudrup) says anything

different then we would listen to him. But I will remain as club

captain. To have been captain of this team and club is one of my

proudest achievements.

“My duties as club captain on the pitch, in the changing rooms

and in the community will remain.

“Even when I haven’t got the armband on when I’m playing, I’ll

still be a leader on the pitch.”

The 19-year-old, a regular in the Under-21 squad at Old

Trafford, will stay with the Cumbrians until January 1.

“We’ve watched Reece a number of times and he’s one we think

will add to the squad in a very positive way,” manager Greg Abbott

told the club website.

“He’s keen and hungry to be involved and he’s one we’re really

looking forward to working with.

“He’s a good footballer and a hard worker and he really wants to

be here. Hopefully this type of move will give him time to settle

and make the type of impact we think he’s capable of making.”