Sam Allardyce, the Newcastle manager is still unhappy at the demands being placed on his players, after five games in a fortnight, Newcastle now have a six-day break before taking on Manchester United at Old Trafford, which Allardyce feels is not enough time to recover from last nightâ€™s tremendous effort from his players.
Sam Allardyce – too many games for Newcastle – surely not
But Newcastle have a very light schedule this season, compared with the English clubs in Europe, and weâ€™ll not play many more than about 42 games or so, depending on how far we get in the FA Cup. We played around 56 games last year when we reached the UEFA Cup, and we had a lot more injuries last year too.
But Sam still thinks there should be a winter-break in England and said today:
“The new lads here think it is crazy that everyone else has a break and we don’t,”
“It was our fifth game in two weeks. It is a ludicrous situation to be in. It is an over-demand on high-performing athletes, that is very dangerous indeed.â€
â€œIt is too much to ask of players over the Christmas period. It would be nice to reach this point and have a two-week break, as we should do.”
If we do have a winter break there will still be lots of congestion for the teams, especially those in Europe. We shouldnâ€™t really be complaining about all the games we are having. Itâ€™s nothing compared to the Manchester Uniteds and Arsenals of this world, and we donâ€™t hear them complaining too much. They just get on with it.
What do you think?
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