Mike Dean is a big favorite to appear in this year’s ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’

premier league referee and Tranmere Rovers fan Mike Dean is an early favorite to appear on “I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!” line up.

It was reported on Monday that the 53-year-old, who has refereed 553 top-flight matches since his debut in 2000, is set to retire at the end of the 2021/22 campaign and take up a full-time VAR role.

According to The Telegraph, the Wirral-born official is currently in talks with Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) to become a permanent fixture at Stockley Park.

Dean may be ready to end his career on the pitch, but he could soon improve his reputation with an appearance on one of Britain’s most beloved reality shows.

That’s right. Ladbrokes have set up the experienced official as a 2/1 plan to appear in the upcoming series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here, which returns to Australia later this year.

Dean, who has admitted in the past that he enjoys being a showman, would participate in Bucktucker Trials and other challenges if he were to step into the jungle – a prospect that would certainly entertain the masses.

“With Mike Dean seemingly set to be done with on the refereeing front, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the heads of I’m A Celebrity take on the one man football fans love to hate,” said Ladbrokes spokesman Alex. Apati.

“And if he does head down to Down Under later this year, you can expect to see records broken for the number of Bushtucker Trials voted on, in an epic act of fan revenge.”

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Competitors are also allowed to bring a luxury item with them into the jungle, with most opting to bring a pillow or something comforting… Does that mean Dean will be bringing a red card with him to Australia?

We will have to wait and see. All we know is that it has the potential to be amazing viewing.

Image credit: Alamy
Image credit: Alamy

In 2020, we all got to know another side of Dean when he appeared as a guest on Peter Crouch’s podcast.

He talked about being an elite referee, killing chickens and being a “showman” of the game.

And when asked if he sings the ‘referee’s aw***er’ during games, he replied: “I have a few times, yes. When I watch him, I watch him in as a supporter.

“My daughter is worse than me. I’m a big fan yeah… big. I just lost her to be just, completely lost.

“When I go to watch them away from home, I will not sit in the main stand away from them, I will go with the speccys (spectators) and watch them there.”

Dean also talked about his famous jumps during matches. “I present myself as a showman,” he said. “If the ball comes towards me, I’ll let it pass between my legs. I like a step forward.

“I love what I do and the way I referee. It kind of comes out that I love what I do. I’ve had that for the last 10 years.”

The arbitrator also spoke about his former job at a chicken factory, where he killed “about 140,000 chickens a day” on average.

“Basically I was to come in at six, do my shift until two, collect my bag, drive to Carlisle, Hartlepool, Scunthorpe or wherever, referee, come back at three in the morning and go straight back to work at six hours,” he explains.

“It’s been like that for four or five years.”

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