Saturday, 19 January 2013

Allardyce calls for winter break


Sam Allardyce thinks that the Barclays Premier League can benefit from a winter break in the way that other European leagues do.

 

The West Ham boss was speaking ahead of tomorrow’s match at Upton Park against Queens Park Rangers, and admitted that his side have struggled to train in the current wintery weather conditions.

 

On winter breaks, Allardyce said: “We've always needed one, but I don't think we're going to get one. I think that there's a lot of research out there to suggest a winter break benefits football clubs in Europe from suffering less injuries....But obviously with the fixture congestion, the Premier League and all the other leagues find it very difficult to fit in.”

 

He went on to explain that he has taken teams on a break throughout his managerial career and did so with West Ham last season. After taking his side to Dubai, the Hammers went on to win the last six games of the season including the all important play-offs.

 

Big Sam has over 20 years of managerial experience under his belt and has watched the game evolve and, as such, realises that teams like West Ham could really benefit with a break from a difficult and busy cold spell.
 
Lucy Woolford

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