THESE BREAKS ARE PAIN IN THE NECK...
I DON’T know about you, but I’ve got to admit I find the international breaks frustrating.
The season is just getting going and then at Championship level (and to a lesser extent in League One), you end up having a two-week break.
There was one at the start of September, we’re in the middle of one now and there are two more to come this season (November and March).
It means there is little continuity at the start of the season.
You get matches packed in tightly, which brings complaints from managers at the pressure put on players, and then… nothing.
It can’t do clubs any good either.
They want to get supporters turning up every other week, but these breaks get fans out of the habit.
Now there is a suggestion that FIFA are considering introducing longer but fewer international breaks during the season.
Details are sketchy at present because a consultation process is just getting under way, but I’m not convinced.
How long would these breaks be? Three weeks, four weeks? I can’t see how that would help anyone.
The present system isn’t great, but it could get a whole lot worse.
Perhaps it’s time just to bring back the old midweek internationals…
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