Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fixture List Doesn't Make Any Sense to Black Cats Boss

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fixture List Doesn't Make Any Sense to Black Cats Boss

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Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer twitter: @JHUNTERCHRON

Gus Poyet believes the Premier League needs to change its approach to fixture scheduling and fall into line with world football's major powers.

The Black Cats boss says the seemingly random order of games in England can lead to a skewed league table - at least in the short term.

Sunderland play Liverpool at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, just 36 days after they drew against the Reds at Anfield. And the gap between their home and away games against champions Manchester City was even shorter, with just 30 days separating the defeat on Wearside last month and the defeat return fixture at the Etihad Stadium on New Year's Day.

Poyet makes the point that facing one or more elite sides home and away in quick succession can make a team's position in the table look worse than it actually is, and can have knock-on effect on the confidence of players and fans.

And that is why he reckons the fixture planners in England should follow the example of those in Spain, Italy, and many countries in his native South America, and ensure that games follow the same order in the second half of the season as they did in the first. …

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