West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has said he may give certain players a prolonged break over the winter period of the season, following an example set by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has said he is prepared to give some of his stars a break over the winter period when the fixture list gets a bit more congested.
There have been a number of signings made by the club in the summer, with several of them accustomed to a break during a busy period of the year for the Premier League.
The likes of Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have hit the ground running at the start of the season, but Allardyce is taking a lead from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Hammers' boss is quoted in the London Evening Standard: "I remember speaking to Alex many years ago about the fact he used to send players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani away at Christmas: 'Off you go, go away for a week, back to Portugal, have a rest'.
"They were finding it difficult to cope with that period so he gave them a rest and then brought them back in and they kick on.
"If we leave them out, we leave them out. You know, all you lot say 'why should he leave him out, it's a disgrace leaving him out when he's playing so well'.
"It's not your decision, it's mine and I do the job properly because I know what I'm doing.
"If you take Enner Valencia's load, for instance, he goes to Mexico and is an outstanding success, plays a lot of games, scores 18 goals, he plays internationals, breaks into the international team."
The winter period is not only difficult for the number of games for the Hammers, but also the calibre of their opponents. They face Leicester City on December 20, but face Chelsea and Arsenal within the space of two days.
Logically, Allardyce may not give all the players he has outlined for a break time off at the same time, but spread it out just so he can manage his squad effectively.