By Walter Broeckx
As you all know Mike Dean is just like the other Mike we love to write about on Untold: Mike Dean. Maybe Untold wouldn’t be the same place if Mike and Mike wouldn’t be around. Because it is the fact that Mike Riley got the job of becoming head of the PGMO after what he did in match 50 and the way Mike Dean has behaved since Mike Riley took charge that has been the reason for our referee reviews to start. So if you don’t like our reviews you should blame Mike and Mike.
Now if you type in the name Dean in the search button on the top of the page you will find more than 100 articles that are linked with Dean. And in most of these articles we have shown and proven that Mike Dean is costing Arsenal lots of points most of the time.
We have looked at the Arsenal win percentage over the years with Dean and came up with some strange and worrying trends. But that never was a reason for the other Mike (the PGMO one) to stop sending Dean to Arsenal matches.
I know that one of the arguments that people sometimes used when we pointed at the fact that Arsenal could only manage one win in 13 or 14 matches; that this was down to Mike Dean being a top ref and so it was normal that Arsenal would have a low win %. Of course I always disputed that as a lot of that winless string of matches contained matches with Burnley, Newcastle, Birmingham, West Ham, Blackburn, …. not really top top top teams in the PL with all due respect.
Thanks to Mandy Dodd’s link I went to a blog that also had a look at Mike Dean and looked at it from a statistical point of view. Now I must admit that statistics is something I really don’t get. I can count and bring up some simple stats but not the scientific stats that some people can come up with. I am more of a man of letters and not that much of numbers. Well not the real complicated numbers.
But based on my simple numbers I had reached the conclusion that Mike Dean is unfit to do an Arsenal match many years ago. I am always one to give people a second chance, a third chance, a fourth chance, a fifth chance….but even I give up after a while. At some point you have to accept that he is unfit to do Arsenal.
Whenever I said this there was the few non-agreeing souls who told me that I was just looking for excuses and instead should blame the manager for us not winning under Dean. And they pointed at the ‘top-teams/top-matches’ and told me my numbers didn’t take that in account.
Now in the link I mentioned before the writer does take in account the different opponents to see if there is something wrong with Dean in Arsenal matches or not. And not to my surprise the writer comes to the same conclusion as I have done in the past, present and future: Mike Dean in charge of an Arsenal match brings strange results.
If I may quote little bit of this article the writer is saying at the end:
“I’ll admit that to the casual reader this blog is going to be a lot more tedious than 7amkickoff’s. However, what I lack in readability I gain in applying some proper stats to the data. Whatever way you look at it, Mike Dean, statistically speaking does predict poorer outcomes for Arsenal.
“There could be any number of other explanations for these data, but you’d think that the FA might want to have a look at that. Arsenal’s results under Mike Dean are significantly different to under other referees, and these models show that this is more than simply the random fluctuations in results that happen with any sports team.”
So the conclusion we reach is the same. Me based on my simple stats. The writer of the blog based on a more statistical analysis of the numbers available for everyone.
But alas for him and for all of us …the PGMO and the FA don’t to any statistics. Yeah, they publish strange numbers but with no evidence at all. As for we have published evidence in the past, present and future. So the PGMO keeps on sending Dean to our matches.
A referee who, if I can believe reports from fans at the ground, warmed up in a strange place before the Chelsea match. Even a Chelsea supporter frequenting this blog said so that Dean warming up there in front of the Arsenal supporters was something they noticed and found rather bizarre. And I got reports from Arsenal supporters that as Dean was warming up in front of their faces the Arsenal supporters started to sing about him. And more amazingly according to people who were there he put his hand around his ear in a reacting to Arsenal supporters singing his name and calling him names and then even shouting at them “I don’t care”.
So we have a ref who statistically (simple and difficult) has amazingly bad numbers when in charge of Arsnal matches looking for confrontation with Arsenal supporters before a match, inviting songs by cupping his ear to them and the shouting at them….. I must admit that is the most insane thing I have ever heard of any ref before a match. People have suggested he even reacted with hand signals to the Arsenal supporters in the second half when he gave the free kick for the imaginary foul that lead to the first Chelsea goal.
I will be looking for footage of these incidents everywhere but as the warming up of the referees is not really the camera’s follow it is improbable there will be images of this.
But if this really happened in the way people told this to me then this surely is the most unprofessional way to behave before a match of any ref that I have ever known. And this is another piece of evidence that Dean never ever should be allowed near Arsenal.
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Anniversaries from the complete list on the home page
1 October 1994: Arsenal 1 Crystal Palace 2 left Arsenal with only two wins in the first eight league games. Even worse in five of those games Arsenal had failed to score. Arsenal were 14th, 14 points off the leaders, only 3 points off relegation in what was to be Graham’s final season as manager.
1 October 1996: Arsène Wenger officially took up duties, as Arsenal’s first non-UK manager, and immediately confronted and defeated journalists, daring them to answer his question “what rumours?”