IAN HOLLOWAY has called in a hypnotherapist to help Millwall rediscover their winning touch.
Former world boxing champion Glenn Catley, now a fully-qualified sports psychologist, ran a three-hour workshop with players and staff at the The Den today.
Millwall have not won a game since August and Holloway wants his squad to be in the right frame of mind when their campaign resumes against Wolves after the international break.
So Holloway has taken a "different approach" by bringing in Catley, who claims his methods can give the Lions more confidence and alleviate feelings of anxiety during matches.
The 42-year-old, who also worked with Holloway at Crystal Palace, explained the benefits of hypnotherapy to Millwall's players during a motivational talk on Wednesday.
And those interested in trying it out could have one-on-one sessions with the ex-fighter in the coming weeks.
Catley says that he puts his clients into a "deeply relaxed state of body and mind" before "re-programming patterns of negative thought and behaviour".
Holloway said: "I think we get too up and down and affected by the stress of wanting to win.
"Throughout my career I've looked at things in a different way in order to squeeze an extra percent out of people.
"It's a different approach but did people expect me to be ordinary? We have to find a way to get this right. Glenn is a confidence coach and a great character.
"Him coming in is for the long-term and will help my young players especially – I don't want them to have any of the issues that senior pros can end up with.
"I believe that you have to train your mind.
"This should be a huge part of modern football. José Mourinho has studied psychology, so he proves that. You have to be mentally and physically fit.
"Other sports have embraced that and we have to move with the times.
"Tennis players will work with someone like Glenn because their focus, belief and mindset are so important to them, so why should football be any different?
"I don't believe that winners are born, I think they are made. Winners are losers who never give up and keep getting back on their feet."
Catley, who like Holloway is from Bristol, added: "You can be the fittest athlete in the world but if your mind isn't engaged with your body then it's irrelevant."