“We have to eliminate competitions – take them out completely so fewer games and if you make the League Cup just for the Championship teams or League One and Two then it wouldn’t be interesting.

“In the Bundesliga there are 18 teams not 20, one cup not two and they have a break. In Spain they have a break, the Cup is run with one game not two.

“It’s a big difference and it protects the players. I can be tired, I don’t run. For them they’d enjoy it more, the people too. People can live without football for a while. It’s too much.”

He added: “Maybe the solution is you have to make a year of 400 days! But even if we did then UEFA or FIFA would probably book in another competition.”


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