4. Mike Dean
Favourite club: Tranmere Rovers
Perhaps the most unpopular of referees on this list, Mike Dean’s officiating style hasn’t been without his critics – take former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson describing him as ‘one of the most arrogant people I’ve ever met’ – yet he remains one of the Premier League’s most esteemed referees.
He is a boyhood supporter of Tranmere Rovers, and has been spotted, on occasion, at their games.