Roy Hodgson: England coach foresees Premier League winter break
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England manager Roy Hodgson believes the scrapping of FA Cup quarter-final replays could be the first step to a Premier League winter break.
The Football Association approved the move to ease English football's congested fixture list.
Hodgson suggested the FA and Premier League had been in discussions about the best way to achieve the objective.
"I think it's all designed eventually to maybe providing that elusive winter break," Hodgson said on Thursday.
"There's been no doubt that one of the stumbling blocks has often been 'hold on, you have all of these replays and you're asking us to cut our season down'.
"I think it's only positive that this sort of move has been made."
He added that a break would be aimed at "freshening minds up".
The top divisions in France, Italy, Spain and Germany have winter breaks.
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2. International qualifying now involves 12 or 14 games instead of 6 or 8.
3. UEFA insist that Benfica playing Zenit in the CL means WBA cannot play Burnley on the same night in the PL.
4.Easter Monday fixtures have been abolished by the PL.
These are the reasons we have fixture congestion. It has nothing to do with the FAC.
... Oh wait, no fan wants a winter break. Alongside Xmas, the football congestion is the best thing about midwinter.
In England we usually have a month or so of really hard inclement weather, which could be used as a winter break, the trouble is we don't know when it's going to occur, so we could arrange a winter break in ,say, Jan and then find the place iced over in Feb or Dec, brilliant.
The FA and PL do nothing that doesn't increase their revenues and I'm sure it will eventually allow room for the extra game abroad, stop dressing it up please.
Scrap meaningless England friendlies.
Keep the Christmas fixture list in tact.
These footballers are merely entertainers on King's ransoms every week.
So I couldn't care less if they feel a bit tired on their £100,000 per week salaries.
They are paid to entertain us over the football season.
Stop moaning and get on with it.
Bad weather in mid February. Postonements. Fixture congestion.
Do intelligent people really think a world cup would be won in July by having two weeks' rest in January? Maybe Spain and Germany just had better players when they won?