Let sanity prevail: Premier League reveals it is considering a winter break

Let sanity prevail: Premier League reveals it is considering a winter break

Let sanity prevail: Premier League reveals it is considering a winter break

League officials have also considered freeing up the two weekends after the third round of the FA Cup, but such a change would only work for the Premier League as the second, third and fourth tiers of English football need every weekend available in order to complete their respective fixtures.

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It is reported that the break would take place in January and would not impact the traditional English festive schedule. The league is seeking an increase on the current £5.14bn deal which includes 168 live matches a season, with Sky holding five packages of games and BT two.

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While Evra, a five-time Premier League victor, would certainly bring a wealth of experience to the squad there are doubts about his ability to adapt to the English top-flight once again at 36. The next TV deal will cover 2019-2022.

REUTERS's Vyas & Westby reported in response to media speculation, the Premier League released a statement on Tuesday saying that it was "examining ways to ease fixture congestion, including a winter break".

The Premier League says "provided space can be found in the calendar, we are open to this in principle and will continue constructive discussions with our football stakeholders to seek a workable solution".

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There has been pressure for years from some managers for a winter break, particular from clubs in Europe who often come up against fresher opposition in the knockout phases of the Champions League and Europa League.

The Hammers have moved to bring former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra on a free transfer.

One of the arguments for a break is that it would benefit the national side, but England boss Gareth Southgate questioned whether it would improve his side's chance of winning a trophy.

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