Time for a winter break says the Big Man
Big Sam, our portly leader, has called for a winter break to be bought into the English football calender.
The large one has cited fatigue and also sustained injury problems - Brett Emerton as an example at Birmingham - that are bought about by cold conditions as reason for this to be implemented.
Allardyce, speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph said - 'It is not the weather I talk about as a reason for having a mid-season break, it is about protecting the players from the stresses and strains of Premier League football,'
'Players have already played a lot of football and they need a break ahead of the back end of the season.
'We are asking so much of our players nowadays they deserve a time where they can take a break and get themselves right again.
'It is more to do with the welfare of the players.
'We seem to suffer more injuries than most leagues in the world and I think that is because of the demands being put on the players.
'That obviously creates massive problems for the Premier League because of the games they have to fit in.
'But somewhere along the line, they have to make sure it happens because the injuries players are suffering are greater.'