West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray believes that referees would gain immeasurably from the experience of being allowed to rotate around professional football training grounds in order to get to know the character of players.
He says it might help to reduce the number of red cards being bandied about by officials, sometimes needlessly.
A spate of 'soft' red cards have grabbed the headlines in recent weeks. Manchester City's Martin Petrov was sent off for a petulant flick of the boot at Leon Osman and, only in the past week, Stoke City's Andy Griffin and Chelsea's Frank Lampard have had red cards and bans rescinded by the Football Association, which has caused its own share or controversy.
The sport's governing body remains unmoved by the debacle surrounding Jeremie Aliadiere's nonsense dismissal at Anfield last weekend for which the Frenchman gained an extra one-match ban for appealing against the decision and given the apparent leniency shown to Chelsea's case, Middlesbrough has claimed that double standards are at work.
Slightly closer to home, Albion themselves benefited from a contentious sending off on Tuesday night at Hillsborough when Sheffield Wednesday's Jermaine Johnson was red-carded following a tussle with Baggies' skipper Jonathan Greening.
The incident happened right in front of the managers' dugouts and Mowbray's instinctive reaction despite replays showing an elbow was that the coming together did not warrant a red card; considering what some of his skipper's Premier League counterparts had been sent off for in recent weeks, it could be argued that Greening was fortunate not to follow Johnson down the tunnel.
As consistency seems nigh-on impossible despite fastidious rules Mowbray believes that a bigger helping of commonsense would reap greater rewards.
He said: "I think officials could do with training at football clubs and rotate in order to get to know the characters within a team.
"If they are professional referees they should be in and around football clubs every day and getting to know the personalities of players. We had an incident the other week when a player got sent off [Coventry City's Michael Doyle] but was it a red card?
"I said at the time that I did not know the lad's personality. If he is a bad natured player then maybe it was a sending off, but if he is a quiet lad then there is no chance because he hardly made any contact.
"Of course, it would be hard to get to know every footballer in the league but if the referees rotated and took charge of the small-sided training games then they might be able to recognise the players who have a snap point and the nasty individuals that are capable of doing terrible things, rather than penalising those who just mis-time tackles."
The dangers of mis-timed tackles have been made patently clear to football supporters following the horrendous injury to Eduardo da Silva at St Andrew's. He was clattered late in what is widely perceived as an unintentional tackle by Birmingham City's Martin Taylor and suffered a dislocated ankle and double break of his leg.
Mowbray, himself a no-nonsense centre half, insisted that the pace of the game is mostly to blame. He said: "You can't tell me that Norman Hunter and [Ron] Chopper Harris didn't tackle 50 times worse than the two-footed ones that we are seeing at the moment. They used to do proper over the top tackles but it's because of the pace of the game these days, and media coverage, that they are made to look worse.
"It is not really for me to discuss, but take Martin Taylor from last week, you could not meet a nicer guy. When you watch some of these tackles in super slow motion they might look nasty but, for me, you have to assess things at normal speed.
"I do not think the standard of tackling has got any worse today, if anything it has got better. But the coverage today, the speed of the game and the athleticism has highlighted them."