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Millwall boss: Football "too scared" to discuss psychology

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MILLWALL manager Ian Holloway believes that the football community is "too scared" to confront psychological issues within the game.

The Lions boss was speaking after ex-world boxing champion Glenn Catley, now a clinical hypnotherapist and sports psychologist, met with the squad this week.

Holloway's players have been offered hypnotherapy sessions with the former fighter.

"The lads will decide whether or not they believe in what Glenn does," Holloway said.

"All you can do is put things out there and it will either work or it won't."

But Holloway believes not enough is done about mental health issues in football.

He added: "When it comes to the mental side of things, are you nervous before a big game? Are you a bit worried? Of course you are.

"Everybody is because we are human beings. But it's like the Emperor's New Clothes – we've all got nothing on and we're too scared to say it.

"In football you're not supposed to talk about it, you're expected to be strong.

"The chairman wants me to help people and build them up. I think that's what my skill is and I'm learning new things all the time.

"I want to change the mindset of people who play for us. It will take a while – it happened really quickly at Blackpool – but I believe that we can do that here in time.

"We have not come from behind to win a game since I've been here – that's unheard of."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

24 thoughts on “Millwall boss: Football "too scared" to discuss psychology

  • October 10, 2014 at 11:10
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    Maybe he can give the scoreboard a talking to.

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  • October 10, 2014 at 11:19
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    It's an epic idea to have a psychologist! I'd personally like to have a go when work is up & down like a who**s draws and keep me focussed/positive, but heard they are quite expensive!

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    • October 10, 2014 at 11:24
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      @Bradders: I use done once mate, in my final year and uni. I was cracking under the pressure with exams and the help I got really benefited me

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      • October 10, 2014 at 11:25
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        @glyngo: cost me £20 back in their 90's

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        • October 10, 2014 at 11:31
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          @glyngo: Sounds like it should really be introduced in job centres to help people get back into work, although would break the government.

          I might just give a psychologist a go, like you I put so much pressure on myself to perform that it just takes over sometimes!

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    • October 11, 2014 at 10:40
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      @Bradders: It's quite expensive but if you can afford it it is very helpful for anxiety and focus. It can definitely get you performing better

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  • October 10, 2014 at 11:23
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    I think our team setup hinders is coming from behind to win games. We lack the ability to unlock teams that put all their men behind the ball when they go ahead. No doubt mentality also plays a role but we need creative players or someone like Chaplow to step up

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  • October 10, 2014 at 12:38
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    We don't look like scoring a lot of the time, and when teams get a goal up against us, the better (or more determined ones) tighten things up and we look even less like scoring. At the moment we have no one who can open teams up - that's why we haven't come back to win from a losing position.

    Hopefully Martin's return, Gregory's growing confidence and the emergence of O'Brien might change that. I hope!

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    • October 10, 2014 at 12:52
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      @Adsy77777: this will help give the younger players a little more self belief..dont think it woukd have any effect on the older ones..cos they think they are already the dogs

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      • October 10, 2014 at 13:38
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        @Jim28: Try anything once Jim.

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  • October 10, 2014 at 12:45
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    weve already had this post southwark news must be getting desperate for stories, ive heard a rumour that the slp are pushing for the vouuchers at leeds to be scrapped & bring the case to euro court. perhaps aldo can find out if this is true or not.

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    • October 10, 2014 at 12:59
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      @block 28: Now that would be something worth reading about!

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    • October 10, 2014 at 13:01
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      @block 28: i read the SLP today ..this is no rumour the SLP sent evidence to the OB..(home office figures).that states that 11 other clubs last year had a worse away record then us..so the police are looking into it..then the lions trust was looking at ways to bring this case to brussels..it would now seem that they will be scrapping the vouchers

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        • October 10, 2014 at 13:14
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          @Jim28: would be nice for it to come from millwall instead of the local rag, aldo get your a*** into gear & get down to wall lively, if its true then happy days.

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      • October 10, 2014 at 13:24
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        II@Jim28: If this really is true and does indeed happen we really need to sell that game out and show them what proper away support is all about bring your friends and family and make so much noise it will deafen the dirty b******* COYL

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        • October 10, 2014 at 13:38
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          @mitchamscaff: been on the phone already got people from overseas looking into flights already coyl

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  • October 10, 2014 at 13:38
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    Millwall tried this before under Gordon Jago who bought in a psychotherapist from Harley st...it never worked and did more damage than good. Take the lads out for a pint it works for me !

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    • October 10, 2014 at 14:26
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      @Peckhamlad: i think he brought him in for himself.how did that work out for jago..kept on seeing sunshine avenue instead of CBL

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    • October 11, 2014 at 10:42
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      @Peckhamlad: Psychology has moved on massively since the 70s. There's no comparison

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      • October 11, 2014 at 11:57
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        @junkmale: if this bloke was top in his field i would agree 100%. But this is a punchy boxer and not a very good one

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    • October 12, 2014 at 12:31
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      @Peckhamlad: spot on peck, the more complicated it gets the more complicated it gets and so on!!! Keep things simple, honesty , respect and all the realistic stuff. Too much of all the fancy b******* going on these days. And I know, we not living in the 70's but a soccer ball is still round .

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  • October 12, 2014 at 00:39
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    Apparently ballet is good for posture. Just thought I'd mention it while we're on the fluffy cushions!

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    • October 13, 2014 at 08:51
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      @Chipplefuddywick: can you imagine Shittu in a Tutu(don't go there!),
      Psychology ? Come down the Marquis before the next game and you will get plenty of assurances of the black stuff kind.

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