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Forced February Break Should Help Clubs – How It’s Being Implemented

FA’s chief executive Martin Glenn has announced there will be a Premier League winter break starting next season.

One of the aims of the break is to help clubs competing in European competition, but it’s generally to give players a mental and physical break during the season.

Top clubs voted last year to give Premier league clubs at least a 10-day break and the way it’s being accommodated is to have one round of games split over two consecutive weekends in February.

Half the club will play their games the first weekend and the other half on the following weekend.

That seems a reasonable and sensible approach.

It will start next season along with VAR (Video Assisted Referee) – which is also badly needed.

But clubs cannot stage any friendlies during that time since the idea is to give the players a break.

Rafa Benitez – “relaxing” in southern Spain earlier this year

The three EFL divisions have decided not to have a mid-winter break in their leagues next season.

The Mail is reporting that clubs will be told tomorrow the detailed examples of the type of activities clubs will be allowed to perform during the break.

If Rafa is still on board then, maybe that’s the time he will take the squad to Murcia in southern Spain for some warm weather training and a bit of relaxation?

It’s appropriate this break and VAR are being introduced next season in the Premier League.

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28 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 4, 2019 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone please tell me how to become a football agent? Bloody crazy money and for what.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 4, 2019 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #2


    just invoice spurs they paid out 11 mill signed no1

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 4, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #3

    250 million pounds leaves the premier each year to agents!!!!! They must be earning more than the players now. It’s just about tolerable all that money going towards your favourite player who plays week in week out, but to see millions going to some scumbag for doing next to nothing once every transfer window is too much. why do the players pay them so much? is it because they are so thick that they are being exploited? it can’t take much to negotiate your own deal and then you don’t have to forfeit 20% to some thieving b****** Credit to Colback for doing his own contracts, and getting a hell of a deal usually.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 4, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #4

    That’s dodgy like lol.

    They do say mike Ashley is a spurs fan, since he’s close to him maybe jib can put in a good for me 😀

  • AncientC

    Apr 4, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #5

    —From the previous article—

    It would be far more informative if the transfer fees, ins & outs were listed beside the agent fees. That would give an idea of agent percentages.

    I always assumed agent fees were somewhere between 10% to 15% of overall transfers. That could also be dependent on if an agent is used to find an outgoing player a new club—which was reported as being the case with Sissoko.

    According to transfermarkt, arrivals at Newcastle 18/19 were £53.78 million
    £8.8 million in agent fees looks a little steep but about right.

    If you compare Bournemouth who had arrivals amounting to £65 million
    £10.3 million in agent fees looks consistent.

    I have no idea how Fulham spent £100 million with only £8.2 million in agent fees, compared to Watford spending £27 million with £10.9 million spent on agents—that’s quite some swing.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 4, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Tax the bastards – bet the sods pay little or no taxes – spirited away to some tax haven.
    February break
    Should be in January after the Christmas New Year when the players are knackered and pick up injuries.

  • giimps

    Apr 4, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #7

    I think I read some agents are on a percentage from the players wages too, as well as a percentage of image rights and other player bonuses when they are reached ……great money if you can get it
    FIFA , uefa et all should put a cap on the amount of money being syphoned off by these scheisters , I never understood why the club pay the agent an,yway when the player hires the agent to get the best deal he can …..bloody ludicrous if you ask me

  • JohnJ

    Apr 4, 2019 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #8

    There was an posr earlier about Newcastle escaping the drop – Here are Cardiff’s remaining fixtures cut, adjusted & pasted from an earlier post of mine. It’s my feeling that Newcastle United are already safe but of course we can’t count our chickens just yet. I would not see Cardiff getting anything from Liverpool & Man Utd and of the other 4 games 3 of the teams are also needing points with only Fulham’s fate already being decided. However I’d still like Newcastle to control their own destiny starting with a win against Palace on Saturday!
    (but that’s also a tough game)

    Cardiff City: 6 games left 28 points -33
    Home 2:- Liverpool Crystal Palace
    Away 3:- Burnley Brighton Fulham Manchester United.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 4, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #9

    Agent payments by Newcastle

    Younkoo Choo (06/07/18) – Representing Ki Sung-yueng

    Margarita Pilar Garay Bret (16/07/18) – Representing Mikel Merino

    Sam Winstanley (16/07/18) – Representing Matthew Longstaff

    Maxim Ferdinand (16/07/18) – Representing Adam Wilson

    Robert Filson (16/07/18) – Representing Kelland Watts

    Evandro de Oliveria Ferreira (22/07/18) – Representing Kenedy

    Sascha Breese (29/07/18) – Representing Fabian Schar

    Shree Usher (29/07/18) – Representing Rosaire Longelo

    Will Salthouse (06/08/18) – Representing Dwight Gayle

    Juan Mata (07/08/18) – Representing Salomon Rondon

    Joel Pannick (07/08/18) – Representing Yoshinori Muto

    Santiago Liotta (09/08/18) – Representing Federico Fernandez

    Sam Winstanley (26/10/18) – Representing Sean Longstaff

    Marlon Fielschman (30/10/18) – Representing Jamaal Lascelles

    Michael Stensgaard (10/01/19) – Representing Elias Sorensen

    Giuseppe Riso (31/01/19) – Representing Antonio Barreca

    Daniel Campos (31/01/19) – Representing Miguel Almiron

    *This covers the period February 1, 2018, to January 31, 2019

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 4, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #10

    That’s not Juan mata the player, his dad apparently has the same name.

    Before accusations of ‘plagiarism’ get bandied about as they do on here lol, it was copied from the chronicle.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 4, 2019 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #11

    I dont know if it’s been mentioned before but I read earlier that the bottom 3 teams have played the top 6 31 times so far and lost every game.

  • G

    Apr 4, 2019 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #12

    JohnJ @ 8. Cardiff are down mate. They average under a point per match. One of 3 sides who do, and the other 2 are already relegated. Everybody else, including us has over a point per game average. Nothing short of a miracle could save them.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 4, 2019 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Problem with this break is that the time during the break might be fine weather, followed by a late winter bad weather spell, meaning a potential backlog of fixtures. You can’t rely on the British weather after all. We had a bloody thunderstorm early hours this morning.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 4, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Agents are parasites the clubs need inoculated against.

    There needs to be some sort of governing body to hold them to account and have rules and regulations to follow.

    They’re already taking 100s of millions out the game, if the players paid them I think it would be worse again. They’d want players to move more get more wages etc.

    For me they bring nothing to the game and should be paid accordingly!

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 4, 2019 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Pecking order of attackers at the club.

    1. Rondon.
    2. Perez.
    3. Almiron.
    4. Daylight.

  • Posh_Geordie

    Apr 4, 2019 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #16

    An interesting read about agents. Not all are on mega cash and they do a lot more than most think. Not that I’m defending them per say. Just trying to flesh out the conversation with some facts.


    Anyway my fee for handling this post is 15% ED my invoice is in the post 😀

  • Posh_Geordie

    Apr 4, 2019 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #17

    I think we need JJ in the team and as it worked so well in the past I’d go for Diame. If only to give Haydon a rest on his hip.

    I’ll stick with tgreen at the back. Even though I love a 442. Real football formation.


    Formation swaping from 541 to attacking 343 or 3421.

    I would prefer Ki and added Dummet as I think he is very underated and maybe he’ll pass to Almirion 😉

  • Tsunki

    Apr 4, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #18

    I think next time round Joselus agents fee will be a sleeping bag from the charity shop and a cup of Gregg’s soup.

  • lesh

    Apr 4, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #20


    It’s no surprise that our accounts aren’t yet published. Ashley will have loaded costs on ’em and manipulated the numbers to show a small profit. They’ll be arguing with the auditors and trying persuade them to sign them off.

    After all, we can’t raise expectations for transfer funds can we.

    Expect the accounts by June.

  • posada

    Apr 4, 2019 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Huge agent fees are a scam.
    It’s simply Disguised Income. To the player.
    Why would a player let an agent take 20% just for negotiating his contract.
    James Milner is represented by the PFA, who take a small % of it. That is a genuine agents fee.

    About time HMRC caught up with them and put a stop to it.

    Only problem with owners from Russia, China and Middle East. How do you know that payments are not being made on the other side of the world, outside the scope of the UK authorites.
    Is there an audit trail in some of these countries. Well some of them are Autocratic Monarchies.
    They own the country and the banks. So, probably not.

  • c-dog

    Apr 4, 2019 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #22

    One can only admire the way wolves are run
    Hopefully mike is willing to part with some of the 100s of millions we’ve made him and back Rafa

  • jane

    Apr 4, 2019 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #23

    is it correct that Perez doesn’t have an agent?

    “Player Agent: no agent”

    (player data section)

  • jane

    Apr 4, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #24

    “One can only admire the way wolves are run”

    Watford as well. one of them will get to the FA cup final.

  • jane

    Apr 4, 2019 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Newcastle is improving.

  • jazzyp

    Apr 4, 2019 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Rafael Benitez | Newcastle manager said to have held March 6th meeting in Manchester hotel with French agency. Accompanied by Richard Green, his lawyer and advisor.

    Agreement for them to represent him, Marseille and Lyon touted as destinations.

    Rumours are starting early lads

  • jane

    Apr 4, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #27

    jazzyp where did you hear this rumour?

  • jane

    Apr 4, 2019 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #28

    ok no need to answer that —>


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