Mike Dean was expected to leave refereeing when he retired at the end of the season but there has been a U-turn somewhere and he will now take up a new job in refereeing.
Three referees ended their on-field careers at the end of the 21/22 season.
Martin Atkinson and Jon Moss were both given jobs within PGMOL but Mike Dean, who was initially rumoured to be moving to a full-time VAR position, was expected to leave the game entirely.
Most speculation seemed to think he was heading for our TV screens, either as a pundit or on reality TV shows.
That seemed like a perfect fit for a man who spent his career trying to be the centre of attention. That it also kept him from refereeing in any capacity was a bonus.
Now, however, it has been announced that Dean will indeed move to a full-time VAR role next season as first speculated.
Dean is the second permanent VAR official appointed after that other stellar example of refereeing pedigree, Lee Mason, was made the first by the outgoing PGMOL boss, Mike Riley.