Jon Moss might be making his last preparations to referee the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa this weekend, but the match official has been planning for some time to become a fully fledged manager once he hangs up his whistle.
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The Daily Mail report that the 44-year-old has already taken his UEFA B coaching badge and currently on weekends he’s not officiating a Premier League game he is coaching an under-age side.
Whilst he’s been ruling the roost over players and taking stick off managers for a while, that comes with the territory, Moss says he’s in fact been asking the professionals he adjudges on a weekly basis for advice and tactical insight.
“I would love to do it,” Moss said.
“If you can manage people, I think the skills are transferable. I would love to do the Pro Licence. It’s fitting the time in after I finish my refereeing career.
“We join in the coaching sessions on club visits,” he added. “I will stop the coach and ask ‘what are you doing there, why did you do that?’ I’ll take notes when I get home. Then I can say ‘I saw Chelsea and they were doing this’ and I transfer it to my teams at the weekend. Management? I’d love to give it a try.”
In his down time, Moss also serves as an executive head of a primary school in Halifax.