Roy Hodgson joins other Premier League managers and calls for a shortening of the international calendar
‘Players play their fourth game in two weeks, that’s not good’: Roy Hodgson joins other Premier League managers and calls for international calendar to be shortened amid an accumulation of club games
- Roy Hodgson has become the latest top boss to complain about the schedule
- Three games were put into the last international break, including friendly games
- The former England manager says players have to play too many games
Roy Hodgson believes the international match calendar can be shortened to help players cope with the compact Covid hit season.
The Crystal Palace manager rarely speaks out about Gareth Southgate’s role in England as he doesn’t want him to interfere with his privileged position as a former national boss.
But he has joined fellow Premier League coaches and questions the wisdom of cramming three games into last week’s international break.
Roy Hodgson, along with other managers, has argued for a shortening of the international calendar
Hodgson, who sided with scoreless Burnley on Monday night, explained: “Like any manager in the Premier League, we would argue the need for a friendly when there are two Nations League games.
‘I would like to think I would have been sympathetic if people said to me when I was an international manager,’ Can you limit it, as things are, to just the two Nations League games to be played? , can you opt out of a friendly match? “
“I would like to think I would have said,” Yes, we will cancel the friendly “.
Three international games were crammed into the final break, including friendlies
That has not been the case and it does mean that many players will come back at the weekend to play their fourth game in two weeks, and that is not good.
‘Especially for the top teams in our league, who have more games away than teams like us who are closer to the bottom.
“But we removed nine players ourselves, so even we suffered.”
Muscle injuries increase as players continue to play more games this campaign
Hodgson, who has also been reluctantly persuaded to support the reintroduction of five substitutes per game, believes the rest of the season will be tough for top players.
He added: ‘We’ve deviated from the winter break, we’ve extended the season for a week, but since it started so much later it’s so much compromising.
“And it will be very tough, especially for those top teams that play in Europe.”