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Could winter breaks be back on the schedule for Huddersfield Town boss?

David Wagner is used to seasons being paused midway through

David Wagner is pictured during his time at Borussia Dortmund, where a winter break was the norm

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner knows all about winter breaks from his time managing Borussia Dortmund’s second team back in his native Germany.

Now the concept could be embraced by the English Football League, who are keen to take a leading role in the debate on reducing fixture congestion from Premier League level down.

The idea of pausing the Championship campaign for a mid-season spell from 2018/19 onwards has been discussed by the 72 member clubs.

However those in Leagues One and Two have rejected any winter break.

All 72 clubs closed the door on the prospect of Premier League B teams or Rangers and Celtic joining them as part of a planned revamp which would increase the EFL to four 20-strong divisions.

More than 90 per cent of current member clubs would have to agree to any changes under the EFL’s ‘Whole Game Solution’, originally broached in May.

Back in 2014, then Football Association chairman Greg Dyke suggested the introduction of B teams would be a way of increasing the production line of English talent.

The controversial plan had the support of several Premier League clubs, but was unpopular among many supporters of EFL teams.

Those same fans feared the remodelled Checkatrade (formerly Johnstone’s Paint) Trophy, which allowed Premier League clubs to enter development sides, was a precursor to the idea being revived.

Now it seems any new clubs would be drawn from the National League.

At Thursday’s meeting of EFL clubs, those in Leagues One and Two said they would want to play through any winter break.

The belief is that a winter break at Premier League and Championship level could be beneficial to attendances in what would be the three divisions below.

The EFL say that before final proposals are put to a vote of the 72 clubs at the end of this season, there will be consultation with the National League and supporters’ groups.



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