Bruce: Winter Break Makes Sense
Steve Bruce has called on the Premier League to change the format of the season to not only benefit clubs but to help the FA Cup become a better competition.
He told the Black Cats' official website www.safc.com: 'We have to try to arrest something.
'I have had the privilege of going all the way in the FA Cup, and getting to the latter stages is a fantastic thing for any club.
'My thoughts on it are that the competition needs a radical revamp.
'For example, the third round is usually the first Saturday after New Year when everyone is spent up from Christmas, and it becomes a problem for people after they have shelled out the money for their season tickets.
'Maybe we could try to restructure things. I've seen Sir Alex's quotes on a mid-season break - if we're going to be successful as a nation, that has to come into play.
'We are the only nation who doesn't do it. Certainly that would mean a lesser summer, but [a mid-season break] would be common sense and I agree with Sir Alex.
'You could start off your fixtures again with two FA Cup ties when people haven't seen football for a while. We could kick off again with back-to-back FA Cup ties.'