Recommended Book of the Week: The Man in the Middle - Howard Webb

Howard Webb's new book.

Howard Webb's new book. - Credit: Archant

The eargerly-awaited autobiography of Howard Webb, the man who refereed the 2010 World Cup final.

Webb’s first game as a match official came when he was just 18. He progressed through the ranks, and his natural calm authority made a good impression on players and administrators alike and he was soon being offered some of the top matches and the toughest fixtures.

In this honest memoir, he reveals what it is like to be at the heart of the action in the modern-day game where every decision can be scrutinised by television cameras and pundits. He explains how he learned to handle some of the football’s superstars.

Webb admits that refereeing is a hard business, but tells the reader just why he enjoyed it so much, providing a fascinating insight into how he dealt with the most challenging situations.