England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson looks to have won his battle with the FA over a winter break for Premiership clubs.
The England coach had his request for a two-week break rejected earlier in the month but now seems to have got his way on the issue.
It is thought the agreement was reached during the negotiations to extend Eriksson’s contract until 2008.
“The FA is working very hard to achieve it from next season. It is very positive,” said the Swede.
“The fixture list is like a jungle for me. With a break, players don’t practice and are away from football for seven days. That is very good for the body and the mind.”
Eriksson believes the benefits of giving players a mid-season will help to prevent burn-out.
“In Italy the players look forward to the break and are hungrier and more motivated when they come back,” he added.
“If you talk to players who have a winter break like David Beckham, he said it was wonderful.”