Warnock wants less friendlies
QPR manager annoyed by 'meaningless' matches
Last Updated: September 8, 2011 1:52pm
Queens Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock has added his voice to those calling for a decrease in the number of international friendlies.
Manchester United's chief executive David Gill earlier this week revealed Europe's leading clubs want to reduce the number of internationals to just six a year, which could spell the end of friendly matches.
Speaking after the European Clubs' Association's annual congress, Gill said they want to reduce the number of international dates to just 12 over a two-year period, or six-a-year apart from finals tournaments.
Warnock has now joined the chorus for change and believes it is the international matches against minnows such as San Marino that are causing the problems.
"I just think it is the meaningless games, which are really [grinding]," he said. "It is just a financial thing and people wanting to generate money for whatever reason.
"Was it the Dutch team that won 11-0 or something against San Marino?
"That can't happen at international level, something has got to change.
"You can't just be nice to people and come up with internationals like that.
"[Can you imagine] if you'd had a player playing for Holland and he pulled a hamstring or did an injury and was out for six months in a game that they won 11-0 against San Marino?
"It is your living as a manager [that is affected by this].
"You don't want your best players playing in games like that. It is pathetic really."