Belfast Telegraph

West Brom boss Tony Pulis hits out over avoidable Christmas fixture congestion

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has criticised the make-up of the Christmas fixture list.

The Baggies manager wants to remain traditional but has questioned why the club have a nine-day break before launching into their festive programme.

Albion host Manchester United on December 17 but then do not play again until Boxing Day when they go to Arsenal and face a New Year's Eve trip to Southampton.

The Baggies welcome Hull on January 2 in the Premier League and Pulis is unhappy that the games have piled up when he feels fixture congestion could have been avoided.

"I find it strange. I've looked at it and you can't believe there's nine days without a game and then all of a sudden there's three thrown in," he said, ahead of Monday's visit of Burnley.

"I don't know why they've done that but there we are. After the 17th we've got nine days off which is quite extraordinary for me.

"I just wonder why there isn't a game in those nine days. Whether they don't want to do it because it's a black week before Christmas they say, for supporters coming to games. They'll probably be spending their money shopping.

"I still think there was room there to put a game in. I want Boxing Day, I'm a great fan of the Christmas period but there's other games that have been pushed in after the New Year and you look at it and think that could have been placed in that week and it would have made it a better spread than what it is."


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