Martin O’Neill is to give Aston Villa players involved in end-of-season international matches up to an extra fortnight’s break before reporting back for the 2007-2008 campaign.
A host of Villa players were involved in European Championship qualifiers while Gary Cahill and Ashley Young are part of the England Under-21 side in Holland.
Villa officially report back for pre-season training on July 4 but those players will be given more time to recharge their batteries.
O’Neill said: "We come back on July 4 but there are so many players who were playing up until the end of May, beginning of June, plus Ashley and Gary in the Under-21 Championships.
"I am going to give them an extra 10 to 12 days, maybe a fortnight off. You need them to have some sort of a break before reporting back for the new season."
O’Neill will welcome the opportunity to have more time to prepare with his players after only arriving at Villa two weeks before the 2006-2007 season.
It gave him little time to stamp his mark on proceedings before the Barclays Premier League got under way.
He said: "This summer will be much better for me. I am hoping it will be better for the club. I don’t think two weeks is enough to prepare for the Premiership but I knew that at the time.
"I think overall this extra time this summer to prepare, knowing the squad much better than I ever did last August, should stand me in better stead."
O’Neill will look to conclude the deal to bring England Under-21 skipper Nigel Reo-Coker from West Ham once England’s involvement in the finals is at an end.
But in the meantime he is being linked with a host of other players including Diego Forlan (Villarreal), Marlon Harewood (West Ham), Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton) and Ajax duo Ryan Babel and Wesley Sneijder.