The Manchester United manager issued his thoughts on taking some time off over the depths of winter and instead lengthening the season:
“I've thought long and hard about this and I have a plan,” said the Scot to his official club magazine.
“You could keep the Christmas fixtures as they are but stagger one round of 10 league matches throughout January.
games could be played on the first weekend, another three on the next
weekend and the final four on the third weekend. TV broadcasters
wouldn't lose out because they can show matches each weekend - and
players could rest.
“Also, last season the league finished on
May 11. Why can't we extend it until the end of that month and take two
weeks off in January? The weather is better in May and there's no issue
with worn-out pitches in modern football.”
In Spain and Italy
they take time off in winter - albeit over Christmas and the New Year,
but what Ferguson suggests is yet to be implemented in England. The
staggered January round would be unique, but would still constitute a
break for most clubs.
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