Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes there would be a lot of benefit in the Premier League introducing a winter break.
Lambert has experience from his time as a player of how it can be a help to have a few weeks off midway through a season, having spent time with Borussia Dortmund in the 1990s.
He says it is a very useful period to recover from injuries, or simply fatigue, and ensures that players can carry on at a high level until the end of the campaign.
Asked if he approved of the idea of winter breaks, Lambert said in the Birmingham Mail: "Yes, I absolutely loved it. It was great. I really enjoyed it and if you were feeling tired at certain stages of the winter, a break helped.
"Over here and in Scotland, you were constantly playing football through the winter.
"The benefit you get from a winter break is great. If you are carrying an injury it gives you that time to get back.
"The funny thing is I never felt tired over there. It definitely helps you."
Lambert had a six-week break during his time with Dortmund, although he insists the players would not shut down and stop training.
"It was not like you were off for a few months," he said. "You had to come back and do training and indoor football so that got you fit as well.
"The players had a bit of time off but you came off and did a mini pre-season."
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