OWEN COYLE, HASHAN TILIKARATNE AND HOWARD WEBB CELEBRATE BIRTHDAY

The social media was full of birthday wishes for Owen Coyle as he celebrates another year alive.


Coyle is one of the greatest Scotland football players. He played in the forward position for his country and is arguably one of the best talents. The former star player featured for over 14 teams with the pinnacle of his career being when he played for Airdrieonians for three years. There, he made over 123 appearances and scored 50 goals from 1990 to 1993.

Since leaving active football, he has managed football teams, enjoying his share of good and bad moments. He led the Bolton Wanderers in its tough moments in 2012. He currently leads the Blackburn Rovers team but he never gave up as the coach of the Wanderers until he was sacked. He celebrates his 50th birthday on July 14th and fans made out time to appreciate the coach.

Former Sri Lanka captain Hashian Tillakaratne also shares the same date as the former Scotland player. Tillakaratne was born in 1967, so celebrates his 49th birthday. Howard Webb, retired popular referee turned 45 of the same day. The former English Premier League referee is one of the top referees when he was active in the game, blowing at many tough top tier games at the League and world level. He was the one who was in charge at the 2010 World Cup final in Brazil where Spain won defeating the Netherlands. Continue reading OWEN COYLE, HASHAN TILIKARATNE AND HOWARD WEBB CELEBRATE BIRTHDAY

Howard Webb believes that the referees, these days, get criticized a bit too much

Howard Webb believes that the referees, these days, get criticized a bit too much for their mistakes and it hurts them.

Webb himself had been a high class referee for a number of years before quitting the job following the last World Cup.

Webb says that referees are also human beings and thus, it’s just not possible that they keep making right decisions every day. They are surely going to be making the wrong calls at some point of time, but, that doesn’t mean they should just be slammed.

There have been big mistakes committed by a couple of Elite referees in the English top division off late and the teams, that have fallen victim to those mistakes, have been very critical in the media.

According to Webb, excessive criticism sometimes causes the referees to doubt themselves and their abilities. They start thinking that they are not good enough anymore.

Webb remains in touch with the English referees and he has helped quite a few of them in terms of getting on with the job and not sort of worrying about what is being said about them or their decisions in the outside world. Continue reading Howard Webb believes that the referees, these days, get criticized a bit too much