Tuesday 6 December 2016

Ferguson repeats calls for Winter break

Simon Stone

Published 26/04/2011 | 11:24

Alex Ferguson. Photo: Getty Images
Alex Ferguson. Photo: Getty Images

Alex Ferguson has once again repeated his call for a winter break to be incorporated into the English season.

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The Manchester United manager has been a strong advocate of a two-week halt to the domestic programme, which he feels should come immediately after the packed Christmas programme.

He finds few dissenting voices amongst his fellow professionals.

England coach Fabio Capello and one of his predecessors, Sven-Goran Eriksson, have also spoken out, highlighting the benefits a chance to recharge tired muscles would have on the national side.

However, Ferguson is not holding out any hope of a break being implemented, believing stopping fixtures is not something TV companies would accept.

"I have been saying this for years," the United boss told satellite radio station Sirius XM.

"It is not just to give the players a rest. It is to get rid of all the little injuries they carry.

"It would also freshen everyone up mentally, including my staff because they could do with that break as well.

"But somehow they just will not listen to the people who really matter in the game, supporters, players, staff and coaches.

"That's when maybe you think TV has too much power."

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