First. course of action should be to sack mike riley and to implement the pitch side screen. What mandate does he have to say what should or shouldn't be used
He is the head of referees in the league.
The idea of ignoring the screens sounded good at the start of the season, given the criticism it received for how often it was used during the summer tournaments. Now it's an issue. They should use the screen but when they start doing it, all the old "slow the game down" moaning will be back. Riley's focus seems to be about not slowing the game down. VAR is not an egg timer, it is an essential tool to help referees make the right call. In this league, there is too much at stake for major decisions to be left to guesswork.
One of the biggest games this season is at our house this weekend. We haven't been too badly affected by VAR so far relative to other clubs, but there will be the standard 8-10 checks. They all have to be correct, and the referee should use every available resource to get a call right, so that he is not subjected to the full Buffon treatment from players over a major decision he makes. The monitor is like an extra linesman, it's there to help him and make his life easier, not undermine his authority, so he should use it.
The ref who missed the handball at the Newcastle-Watford game appears to have vanished off the radar since. The amount of available refs for VAR needs to be expanded, as it's always the same names every week in the headlines. One ref was a VAR for two games last week on the same day. You wouldn't ask players to play twice per day, so you shouldn't expect refs to either. It's a high pressure job with heavy responsibility. We have a USA based referee from Ireland doing the VAR at the WCC. He is recognized as the best ref in MLS, but surely there must be other FIFA qualified refs out there to do the job with him.