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Sam slams fixture chaos
15 Oct 2007 - 09:09:49
Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce has hit out at the authorities who are making his side play eight games during what promises to be a hectic December.
The Magpies boss is furious that fixture changes due to television commitments will leave his side playing just three times in November before a gruelling run of games the following month.
The rescheduling of their home match against Arsenal - originally planned for August - will see Newcastle begin the month with three games in eight days before the usual hectic Christmas period.
"It's an absolute disgrace," he told the club's official website.
"We play four games in 15 days at the start of December and then they expect us to play four more in just 10 days at the back end of the month.
"By the time this month is over we will have played just three games in total, and then the same again in November.
"That's six games in two months and then eight in just one.
"During December there will be a massive 24 points at stake, which could make a massive difference to the outcome of the season.
"Why they have done this is beyond me, but all I know is that every one of our requests to the Premier League has been turned down."
Meanwhile, Allardyce has called for the Premier League to rethink their stance on a possible mid-season break.
He added: "The fixture list gives us no time to recover for our FA Cup third round tie, not to mention the fact that we will lose up to five players at the start of January for the African Cup of Nations, in Geremi, Habib Beye, Abdoulaye Faye, Oba Martins and possibly Matty Pattison.
"We are one of only two nations now in Europe who don't have the mid-season break and I think it needs to be looked at."