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A Winter Break - Ouch!

The subject of a 'winter break` has always been a prickly subject.

Although it is a practice adopted by several European countries, I`ve always thought that predicting when to take a break in this country would be nigh on impossible.

Sods-law says that if a two week break were to be announced for January then the resumption of the season would be held up by the one spell of really bad weather we get each winter. It, quite clearly, would be a lottery.

But several clubs are still clamoring for such a break, ours included, insisting that it would give players time to rest and recover sufficiently for that sprint to the finish of the season.

Now that point makes perfect sense and such talk could see a move to take a winter break move forwards, until, that is, one leading tabloid quite rightly points out that several clubs, including ours, do very little to support such a claim when they conduct a pre-season tour (ahead of this season) that will see the squad fly something in the region of 22,000 miles, to fulfill the desire to grow the global brand.

There`s also the inference, from numerous parties, that a 'winter break` would only serve to provide the Premier League clubs with a chance to jet off for a couple of lucrative friendly fixtures.

An own goal all round I fear!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 10 2012

Time: 4:41PM

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I agree with the winter break from a footballing perspective with it being a long season and a break would reduce the risk of injury and ensure high fitness levels and the best standard of football throughout the season. Then again though how further away from reality are we going to take footballers? They train for a few hours a day and finish off the week with a game of football, how physically demanding... not to mention they get to travel all over the country and world as well as get time off at the end of the season and get paid ridiculous wages for it all. If they want 2 weeks off then may i suggest instead of travelling the world for pre-season to advertise yourself get back and start the season early then have 2 weeks off during christmas time for getting back early to play football, however I can't see too many teams being fond of that idea and would sooner see no break at all.
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