Micky Mellon: “I think (a winter break) would be doable”

By George Williamson

Tranmere Rovers boss Micky Mellon believes a winter break would be beneficial for British football.

The FA have already agreed a deal in principle with the Premier League and EFL to implement a potential break, starting in February 2020.

It will stagger which teams have weekends off so that football will still be played throughout the period in question, but teams will be guaranteed at least 13 days off during that time.

The deal will not impact the National League, although the Super White’s manager was asked his thoughts on a potential December-January break during Thursday’s press conference with the media.

He said: “(The weather) is part and parcel of what makes the British game difficult because of all the different seasons that you have to go through.


Tranmere’s fixture against Gateshead was postponed this week due to excessive snow.

“You have to be able to adjust and adapt to different things, it makes it difficult.

“You have to move from 4G to grass, from snow to wind.

“It’s part of what it is, you have to get out and do that, we’ve had to adapt as best we can to keep the players ticking over and prepare for the next game as best we can.

“I think (the winter break) is not a bad idea, we’ve gone Saturday to Saturday now and I think it would be doable.

“I think the reasons for doing it would be right to give the players a mental rest, not just the physical side, to recharge everybody.

“That’s something for further down the line but I do think it would be a good idea.”


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