West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has reopened the debate over a winter break, insisting: "You wouldn't flog a racehorse like they flog our players."
With the nation in the grip of freezing conditions, some of this weekend's Barclays Premier League matches could fall to the weather. The Irons squad enjoyed a short break in Dubai at the end of February last year, and on their return to action lost just one of the remaining 14 npower Championship games as they secured promotion through the play-offs.
Allardyce sees no reason why a few days of warm-weather rehabilitation could not be factored into what is now a draining campaign for all clubs. "You do not need a long one, and at the end of the day you would not flog a racehorse like you would flog our players," said Allardyce, whose side host relegation battlers QPR on Saturday.
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