Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

There Are So Many Games We're in Danger of Overkill

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

There Are So Many Games We're in Danger of Overkill

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Byline: Read David Moyes' column every week

LESS than 12 hours after our terrific win over West Brom, the players were back in at the training ground for a day of recovery before tonight's match against Spurs at Wembley.

Several managers have had their say in recent days about the schedule at this time of year and I wouldn't have been that happy if I had been the West Brom manager, having to play two games in quick succession while the opposition had six days to prepare.

I watched a lot of games on TV over Christmas and saw the Bournemouth v Everton match live while the other coaches have also been out and about, with Alan Irvine watching Huddersfield and Burnley, Stuart Pearce taking in a game of our FA Cup opponents, Shrewsbury, while Billy McKinlay was at Brentford v Sheffield Wednesday.

We've all come back with similar feelings that, while there were moments in the games when the intensity was there, generally the matches have not been as good perhaps, as other years.

Maybe times are changing and we have to look carefully at scheduling. Clubs these days are prioritising and if you are playing a team that is around you in the League followed quickly by a game against a top team, then you have to decide which match you feel you have the best chance of winning.

Following tonight's match, we then go straight into preparation for our tie at Shrewsbury on Sunday. I've managed a club -- Everton -- who reached the FA Cup Final in 2009 so I know what it feels like but it means little if you are relegated.

We'd all like to get to a final and the plan is to do that but not if you are at risk of jeopardising what could come next.

Honestly I don't know how we can make the schedule more manageable but in the end, what will probably happen is that some of the bigger clubs will say: "Sorry, if you don't change it, then we will have to consider things carefully."

Television also has to play its part. We've had a game on TV every day or night but one over the last week or so -- tonight's match is on television, too -- and even I and other fanatical football supporters might say it's verging on overkill. …

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