The Premier League has floated the idea of some sort of winter break finally being introduced into its football season, with the next batch of wrangling about TV money open to the concept of giving those stressed millionaires two or three weeks off to play with their presents after Christmas. Put the drone in the suitcase, Coleen, we're off to Antigua for January.
This would bring the Premier League into line with many of the other big European leagues that give their teams a similar mid-winter break, although it's down to the money men to ultimately decide.
A statement from the PL said: "The Premier League has been in discussions with the FA and EFL for several months regarding the challenges of the increasingly congested English football calendar and ways in which we can work together to ease fixture congestion while also giving players a mid-season break. Provided space can be found in the calendar, we are open to this in principle and will continue constructive discussions with our football stakeholders to seek a workable solution."
No change can be made without the say-so of the TV rights holders, though, with any break having to be included in the paperwork when the TV rights come up for grabs again in 2019. [BBC]