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Referee Jonathan Moss wants to be a football manager

FA Cup Final referee Jonathan Moss has ambitions to become a manager once he stops officiating.

Moss 'would love' to become a football manager. Credit: PA

The 44-year-old from Sunderland will take charge of Saturday's game between Arsenal and Aston Villa, with refereeing the final considered one of the game's top honours.

Moss has designs that extend beyond officiating, though, having already taken his UEFA B coaching badge. On weekends, he coaches under-age sides.

"I would love to do it," Moss told The Times. "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."

Moss, who also serves as an executive head of a primary school in Halifax, says he has been asking current managers for tactical insight and would one day like to give coaching a try.

"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."


Blatter appeals for 'unity' ahead of Fifa election

Sepp Blatter is expected to retain his role as Fifa President after a vote later today. Credit: Fifa TV

Sepp Blatter appealed for "unit, team spirit and fair play" as he opened the Fifa Congress in Zurich this morning.

He told delegates "together we can do it" ahead of the Fifa presidential election which is due to take place later.

Blatter is expected to win against his rival Prince Ali Bin al Hussein and could gain as much as 155 out of the 209 votes.

D-Day for Sepp Blatter as he arrives for Fifa election

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It's D-Day for Sepp Blatter today as the election for Fifa president gets underway in Zurich.

Blatter refused to answer questions from reporters as he was ushered into the the Fifa Congress, where the vote is expected to take place later this afternoon.

He is putting himself forward for a fifth term as Fifa president but faces stiff competition from Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein. The result is expected around 5pm.

FA chairman backs European boycott of World Cup

FA chairman Grey Dyke. Credit: PA

FA chairman Greg Dyke has backed the idea of a co-ordinated European boycott of the World Cup.

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "There is no point in one or two countries saying 'We're not going to take part' because they will carry on with the tournament without them and that is pretty unfair on the fans,

"But if Uefa as a group said 'Look, unless you get this sorted we are not going to be in the World Cup' then I think that we would join them."

Dyke added he hoped Sepp Blatter would not win today's Fifa election but said if he did he "can't see him lasting more than a year or two."


Cracks show for Blatter as Australia transfers vote

Sepp Blatter's formerly insurmountable reign over Fifa was rocked yesterday when Australia's federation announced it would not be voting for him in the today's presidential election.

The FFA has previously always voted for Blatter, but in a statement, chairman Frank Lowry switched support to his rival, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, just hours after the Asian Football Confederation reaffirmed its own support for Blatter.

"FFA believes that profound change within Fifa is needed as soon as possible to address issues of governance and transparency," he said. "This belief will be reflected when Australia casts its vote in the presidential election, should it proceed on Friday in Zurich."

Fifa presidential election: How the voting will work

Sepp Blatter is favourite to win Credit: Patrick Seeger / DPA

Fifa's presidential election will be held in Zurich today, despite the spectre of corruption hanging over the organisation. This is how the voting procedure will work.

Sepp Blatter and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein will both have opportunities to address the Fifa Congress.

Each of Fifa's 209 associations should have a vote, in secret, although a few can face disqualification for reasons such as not playing in competitions.

If either candidate achieves two thirds of the eligible vote in the first round then he wins outright - if there are 209 votes that means 139 is needed to win outright.

If there is no outright victory, the winner will simply be whoever gains more votes in the second round.

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