Mon 24/02/2014, 12:02
Thanks for your email Edward
We read your email with interest and note that your suggestions have been put together with much consideration. Any alterations to the format of the Premier League would have to be agreed to and signed off by each of the clubs. At present, we are satisfied with the format of the Premier League and that the Rules serve the purpose of the game well.
Your ideas are certainly interesting, and we understand that you are passionate about safeguarding the future of the English game, but unfortunately we are unable to change the system used in the Premier League at present.
As a League we stand for the best of English Football, and we are continually working to develop the competition and ensure that we remain in our position as one of the most exciting Leagues in the world.
Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your suggestions. We appreciate all feedback and suggestions from supporters, and can assure you that the content of your email has been taken on board.
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Sent: 21 February 2014 12:49
To: General Info
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The following comment was recently submitted:
Name: Edward Walsh
Dear PL, The winter break has again become topical in the wake of the performances of Arsenal and Manchester City in their first leg round of 16 matches. It is too early to say that the PL teams underperformed as a result of the lack of a Winter break, given the quality of the opposition most importantly, but also unfortunate luck, with the second legs yet to be played, and 2 PL sides yet to compete at this stage of the competition. However, given the Bundesliga players have had 2 week to relax, and 2 weeks of fine-weather training abroad, this factor must be considered. Fatigue is as much of the mind as of the body. I understand the social and commercial reasons for the lack of a Winter break here. Christmas football is part of the culture, and I can relate to football fans looking forward to attending matches or watching on TV over the Christmas period. January is a bleak month in this part of North-Western Europe, and I suspect that January football sustains the spirit for many fans of the game during this period. My suggestion is that the PL takes a staggered break starting Jan 2. Ten teams are given a two week break for the first 2 weeks of January, and ten get a break during the second two weeks. The teams alternate the break every year, with promoted teams automatically playing the the first two weeks of January in their first season, or lots could be drawn. This solution preserves PL football for fans throughout the Christmas period and January, while giving a short break to football squads. The break for each team would ideally be 4 weeks, with 2 rest weeks and 2 weeks warm-weather training, which would give managers some quality training time with players. I have presented the above suggestion because I care about the game in the UK. I have previously written a blog ‘football psychometrics’ by eamonwalsh, and have developed a way of defining the injury burden, currently and over the season; and a measure of squad rotation, both as a result of injuries and voluntary rotation. I will post this on the blog. Yours sincerely, Eamon Walsh Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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