Sir Alex Ferguson has added to calls for a mid-winter break, claiming it could revitalise the FA Cup.
Ferguson, whose Manchester United side beat Crawley in the fifth round, says English football should embrace an extended season into the summer with a break in January.
'What is worth looking at is the German model of a month's break in January and then launching the second half of the season with their Cup competition,' the Scot wrote in his programme notes.
'I know this would mean spilling over into the summer season but I see nothing wrong with that and playing League fixtures beyond the end of May.
'We are playing internationals in June and we could accommodate a league extension.'
Ferguson said the Cup was being hit this season because Wembley will stage the Champions League final, forcing the domestic final to be played a fortnight before the end of the season.
He added: 'What I'd like to see preserved is the timing of the FA Cup final to fall on the last day of the season, with the big day at Wembley a natural climax.'
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