West Brom manager Roy Hodgson calls for winter break in England

Baggies boss claims the Premier League's summer break is too long and can often lead to burnout in players and staff around the traditionally busy Christmas and New Year period
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has called for a winter break to be brought to the Premier League.

Hodgson believes that the summer break is too long and that is having a detrimental effect on the league.

He told reporters:  "There's a need for a winter break.

"Once you get started in the middle of August, by the time January comes around everyone who works at a club starts to feel it's becoming a grind.

"Our summer break is too long. I don't know if two months is a good idea, that time might be better split up over the summer and winter. That would be my major plea.

"I've heard loads and loads of managers say it.

"In Italy, I found that a two or three-week break would freshen things up.

"Asking when the English summer is is futile. I've lived here most of my life and I haven't a clue."

Many have claimed that a winter break may help the England national team after lacklustre performances at recent tournaments, most notably the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.