We have recently experienced some harsh weather since the start of 2013 and the continued debate on whether the English Football Leagues can have a winter break continues to role on.
However, my opinion is that the cons definitely out weigh the pros.
For a start, this season we have started our League One campaign in the third week of August and finish our latest spell in England’s third tier at the end of April.
If the FA decided to have a two-week break in the middle of January, for example, and then restart the campaign at the beginning of February, would we manage to fit all the games in?
My answer would be a very probable no. Good luck would have to pay a pivotal role in everything going swimmingly well.
Plenty of managers complain that we already have a hectic schedule as it is. On top of this, we would then have a near disaster if three or four weeks of the winter period were disrupted by the weather we have experienced in January.
With the two-week siesta taking place and then the possibility of further backlogs with poor weather postponing fixtures for a number of weeks, we could then be left with a huge accumulation of football matches to be completed in a very short period of time.
This would surely cause further animosity among many managers, chairmen and supporters alike.
The problem we possess in the British Isles is that the weather is just so unpredictable that we never quite know when our climate will bring change.
Our weather is such that we could have extremely poor conditions in the months of November, December, January, February or even March. How did we know when to take the mid-season break if it was to be ratified?
Other countries across Europe take a regular break during the winter months but their climate is nowhere near as unpredictable and chaotic as ours.
Scotland have experimented with the winter break and the SPL have managed to bring the wee pause in proceedings back again this season, but the Scottish lower leagues have continued on without the delight of a few weeks’ break.
Further issues which could well be the catalyst for more debate would be if a large bulk of fixtures were to be played in a very short space of time in March and April.
The elements would have already battered the pitches to a sorry state of affairs and this would then cause not just nightmares for groundsmen up and down the country but also the standard of the soccer would suffer.
This would be a real problem in the lower leagues as in general the standard of pitches are not as good as the Premier League or the Championship.
Some of the pitches in Leagues One and Two are already very poor once the season reaches the New Year but if a winter break was to materialise and we were unfortunate with the weather it could become disastrous.
Fortunately for Carlisle, we have one of the best groundsmen in the country who has won recent awards in the past few seasons.
Let’s hope he does not have to be put under any further pressure in the seasons ahead.