Fergie calls for winter break

Ferguson 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.”