Jonathan Moss will be well prepared to control the tantrums, sulking and squabbling of Arsenal and Aston Villa players when he steps out on the Wembley turf for today’s FA Cup final.
That’s because the Premier League referee is also an executive headteacher of a primary school in Halifax.
When he is not officiating millionaire footballers in top-flight games, he works one day a week as executive headteacher at Beech Hill School in Yorkshire. Mr Moss became a head at the age of 30 and helped to transform Beech Hill from a failing school to one that is now oversubscribed and rated “good” by Ofsted.
The 44-year-old said the chance to referee the FA Cup final was the best moment of his non-teaching career. “It was a complete surprise. When I got the call it was the realisation of a dream really. For any referee it is the pinnacle of your career,” he told the FA’s official website. “I’ve been involved in the Community Shield and the Conference and Championship play-off finals – but this is the biggest game I will ever referee.”
And Mr Moss has ambitions to move from the centre circle to a possible career on the sidelines, stating that he fancies a career in football management.“I don’t see why not?” he told The Times yesterday. “I manage people on a daily basis. How that will be received I don’t know. It’s never been done, but why not?”
One thing is for sure, his training as a head and a referee would stand him in good stead when it came to managing the dressing room.
Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following his half-time dismissal in Chelsea's loss at West Ham.
Mourinho, who is appealing against a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about officials following the October 3 loss to Southampton, faces further charges after being sent to the stands by referee Jonathan Moss during the ill-tempered derby at Upton Park.
A statement from the FA read: 'Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in relation to his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area at half-time.'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association
Mourinho looks on from stands as West Ham fans celebrate Andy Carroll's late winner against Chelsea
Chelsea assistant coach Silvino Louro was sent to the stands after Nemanja Matic's first-half red card
As Sportsmail revealed on Saturday, the Portuguese was invited into the referees room by Moss at half-time in an attempt to defuse the powder-keg situation.
But it is suggested that Mourinho did not make it that far — instead the under-pressure boss is said to have blown his top, launching into a foul-mouthed tirade at Moss.
He then refused to speak to the media after the match, which ended in another defeat for Mourinho's side - the ailing champions' fifth loss in 10 games this term.
Silvino Louro, one of Mourinho's assistants, was sent to the stands after Nemanja Matic was sent off for two bookable offences and has also been charged with misconduct.
Both the Hammers and the Blues have also been charged for failing to control their players in the aftermath of the challenge which led to Matic's dismissal.
'Chelsea coach Silvino Louro has also been charged with misconduct in relation to his behaviour which led to his 45th minute dismissal from the technical area,' the FA statement added.
'West Ham have been charged for failing to control their players in the 44th minute of the game and Chelsea have also been charged with the same offence for an alleged breach in the 45th minute of the game.
'All parties have until 6pm on Thursday (October 29, 2015) to reply.'
Mourinho's position as Chelsea boss is under scrutiny after a fifth loss from 10 Premier League games this term, the latest after a first-half implosion.
Referee Moss reduced Chelsea to 10 men by sending off Matic shortly before the break
Referee Jon Moss sends Louro to the stands after the frenetic reaction to Matic's second yellow card
The charges are likely to ensure Mourinho's relationship with the FA deteriorates further.
He is contesting the £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban levied for comments about referee Robert Madley following the October 3 loss to Southampton.
Although disciplinary action would not automatically trigger the stadium-ban, it is still a possibility that Mourinho could be suspended for Chelsea's next home game against Liverpool on Saturday.
He branded the sanctions a 'disgrace' and 'absolutely astonishing', adding 'I am happy that I don't have an electronic tag. I think it's not far from (that)'.
Mourinho perceives inconsistencies in the FA's disciplinary process and called for his relationship with the governing body to be examined.
He has publicly highlighted Arsene Wenger avoiding sanctions for pushing him in the technical area in October 2014 and for calling referee Mike Dean 'weak and naive' following Arsenal's loss at Stamford Bridge last month.
The events at Upton Park prompted the latest in a long line of disciplinary events involving Mourinho during his second spell as Chelsea boss.
Rui Faria (left) and Steve Holland took charge in the second-half after Mourinho's sending-off at half-time
West Ham have also been charged by the FA for failing to control their players during the clash
Chelsea were already hit with an automatic fine of £25,000 for six or more bookings in the contest, while Serbia midfielder Matic will serve a one-match ban, missing the Capital One Cup fourth-round tie at Stoke on Tuesday night.
After Mauro Zarate's opening goal, Chelsea felt a succession of decisions went against them.
Kurt Zouma had a header cleared off the line, with only goalline technology proving no goal had been scored, before Matic was booked for hauling down Cheikhou Kouyate as he led the counter-attack.
Next Cesc Fabregas thought he had scored from Willian's pass, only to be adjudged offside.
Mauro Zarate celebrates putting West Ham into a 1-0 lead during the fiery London derby
Ramires and Blues captain John Terry (right) trudge off after suffering another Premier League defeat
It was a decision which infuriated Mourinho, who made his displeasure known to the fourth official and assistant referee.
Matic was then shown a second yellow card for a touchline foul on Diafra Sakho. It was an unnecessary challenge in the circumstances as defenders were covering.
Louro was sent off and, when Mourinho did not emerge on the touchline for the second half - instead being found in the West Ham directors' box - it became apparent that he, too, had been dismissed at the interval.
Mourinho afterwards did not speak to the media, in breach of Premier League regulations.
But the likely fine is the least of his worries.
MOURINHO'S DISCIPLINARY INDISCRETIONS IN SECOND SPELL AT CHELSEA
CARDIFF DISMISSAL (October 19, 2013)
Mourinho was sent to the stands during a 4-1 win over Cardiff by referee Anthony Taylor. He sat behind the home dugout at Stamford Bridge amongst supporters and later was charged with improper conduct.
Sanction: Fine of £8,000. Accepted.
TOUCHLINE VILLAIN (March 15, 2014)
The Portuguese was sent to the stands by referee Chris Foy during an ill-tempered Chelsea loss at Aston Villa. He vowed to appeal against a charge of improper conduct following the controversial defeat.
Sanction: Fine of £8,000 and warned over future conduct. Contested.
BLACK DAY AGAINST BLACK CATS (April 19, 2014)
Following his first home Premier League loss as Chelsea boss, Sunderland ending a 77-game unbeaten run, Mourinho made a sarcastic appraisal of referee Mike Dean and referees' chief Mike Riley. He later described the game as his 'highlight' of his first season back.
Sanction: Fine of £10,000. Contested.
SAINTS AND A SINNER (December 28, 2014)
Complained of a 'clear campaign' against Chelsea after Cesc Fabregas was denied a penalty and instead booked in a 1-1 draw at Southampton. He contested a charge of improper conduct.
Sanction: Fine of £25,000. Contested.
CALL THE DOCTOR (August 8, 2015)
Mourinho avoids censure over a long-running saga relating to comments made about Chelsea's medical team following the opening-day draw with Swansea, specifically first-team doctor Eva Carneiro, who subsequently left the club.
ANOTHER SAINTLY EPISODE (October 3, 2015)
The Blues boss is punished for criticising referee Robert Madley following a 3-1 loss to Southampton. Mourinho said referees were 'afraid' to give Chelsea penalties and told officials to 'be honest with us', implying bias, according to an independent panel.
Sanction: Fine of £50,000 and suspended one-match stadium ban. Appeal pending.
UNHAPPY IN UKRAINE (October 20, 2015)
Described the failure of Slovenian referee Damir Skomina to award a penalty in a goalless draw at Dynamo Kiev as 'weak and naive' - in a thinly veiled criticism of the Football Association and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who avoided punishment for using those words.
HAMMERED (October 24, 2015)
After Chelsea imploded late in the first half, Mourinho was sent to the stands at West Ham for a half-time 'discussion' with referee Jonathan Moss.
Sanction: Not yet known.
Total fines: £101,000 (pending active cases).
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