Derby skipper Richard Keogh says Britain doesn't need winter break

Derby County captain Richard Keogh will not be adding his voice to those calling for British football to introduce a winter break.

As we enter the busy festive period, the age-old argument for the introduction of a winter break will inevitably be reopened.

For as long as most of us care to remember, there have been calls for Britain to follow the lead of their continental neighbours and embrace a mid-season rest period.

This would, however, break tradition which stretches back hundreds of years.

Managers might complain about the number of games they have to take in, but that is part of the appeal to supporters – those who line the pockets of the critics.

Games on Boxing Day are part of British culture, as are those between Christmas and New Year.

Why change things?

Derby County captain Richard Keogh is among those who believe that the schedule is fine as it is, with the combative defender not about to offer any excuses at seeing the fixtures come thick and fast.

He told the Rams’ official website: “I am looking forward to a good run of games. There are some tough games in there, but they are games that we are really excited for. We have played a lot of games already with the cup run, so in that sense, it will be nice to get a bit more recovery time in between games.

“It’s always an exciting period for everyone and I think it is periods like this that make English football so great. People talk about introducing breaks at Christmas, but everyone enjoys it. It can put you in a good position and help you get to where you want to be.

“You look to see if you have got a long trip away (when the fixtures are first released), because obviously, that is not great for us as players or supporters.

“It’s worked out quite well. As you get older and you have been involved in a few Christmas periods, you get used to it. You plan yourself around it knowing it is going to be a busy period. It separates the English game from any other league and it’s an exciting time really.”

Championship promotion hopefuls Derby face Birmingham City on Boxing Day, before bringing the curtain down on the calendar year at home to Leeds United on December 30.

They open 2015 on January 3 with an FA Cup clash with Southport, so their schedule is not as hectic as some.

It is refreshing to hear that the likes of Keogh have no complaints with the current way of doing things, with it important that calls for change continue to be ignored.

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