Exclusive: Millwall bring in hypnotherapist to help players

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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."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

58 thoughts on “Exclusive: Millwall bring in hypnotherapist to help players

  • October 8, 2014 at 14:21
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    Doris Stokes reincarnated?

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  • October 8, 2014 at 14:22
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    100% behind you on this Ollie, can only benefit the players....

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    • October 8, 2014 at 17:53
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      @eio: I'd bring in Kelly Brook , she'd certainly Stiffen up the back four .

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  • October 8, 2014 at 14:27
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    Could be worse. I seem to remember reading about a ballet dancer coming in to work with the Millwall team in the 50's or 60's!

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    • October 8, 2014 at 14:56
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      Was it that Rudolf guy?

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      • October 8, 2014 at 15:35
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        @SGREENE: yeah Rudolph nearinuff

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  • October 8, 2014 at 14:38
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    Our defenders sometimes look as if they're hypnotised, particularly when the opposition take a corner.

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      • October 9, 2014 at 20:01
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        @caravan1885, from the comments you write it would appear that you never go to any games and I've seen some of your comments on here and you a right knob!

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  • October 8, 2014 at 14:39
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    This is a joke right?!

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    • October 8, 2014 at 14:49
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: first the pink away kit, then the not fixing the broken screen and now this!

      I could have sworn it wasn't April 1st today.

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        • October 8, 2014 at 15:29
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          @Jim28: I've heard we are going to groundshare with palarse, get automatic entry into the conference providing we field the Millwall Lionesses and the first team are to get revolutionary therapy , valetting motors in Ilderton Road.

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      • October 8, 2014 at 16:50
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        @MFC Lion: I know mate - chuck in our ropey backline and we're fast becoming a laughing stock!

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  • October 8, 2014 at 14:56
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    No wonder us Millwall fans are notorious pxxx heads we need a booze for a reality check. If it works then furry muff but bloody hell, REALLY?

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  • October 8, 2014 at 14:59
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    All part of IH Master Tactics!!!!

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  • October 8, 2014 at 15:00
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    No excuses for not beating Wolves 4-0 then Ollie ?

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  • October 8, 2014 at 15:11
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    Always thought every club should have one.
    Spend loads on players wages so getting in a psychologist is a no brainer for me.
    Everyone accepts that confidence plays a key part in players performances, well shock horror those are thoughts and the way that you are dealing with them so a psychologist makes perfect sense to me.
    Look what happens when you can get at eam to believe in themselves and have the right mindset.
    Mind management ladies and gents. It's the new garlic bread. It will all seem so natural soon enough.
    I'm glad that we have got one in.

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    • October 8, 2014 at 16:29
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      @wall2wall:
      All the top sportsmen use 'visualisation techniques' and this is what the hypnotherapist will be working on.
      It is a proven technique and works....full stop.
      It will help the players to be the best that they can be, it will not turn them into world beaters, but will maximise their potential.
      I speak from the position of being a hypnotherapist, so you can all mock as much as you wish, but believe me, this will improve the players performances

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      • October 8, 2014 at 16:40
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        @eio: Perhaps they can visualise where the bloody goal is.

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      • October 9, 2014 at 18:29
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        As a Master Hypnotist doing stage shows in Cyprus and a clinical Hypnotherapist and may I add a MILLWALL boy...it can only help those who wish to be helped.
        And then any thing can be achieved.......I would have done for free for beloved team.

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  • October 8, 2014 at 15:18
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    Look into my eyes, look into my eyes. Not around the eyes, not around the eyes ... you're under !
    In a few seconds a small spherical object will appear at your feet, one touch then aim and kick it at the big net in front of you. 123 you're back in the real world.

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    • October 8, 2014 at 15:39
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      @ketchup: haha knack nice one mate.

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    • October 8, 2014 at 15:40
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      Sorry... nice one

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  • October 8, 2014 at 15:42
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    Hypnotist to Danny Shittu:

    You are Messi, Lionel Messi

    Shittu to hypontist: I need 12 million in back pay from Ambler then

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  • October 8, 2014 at 15:50
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    Ollie should try him out on ambler & ask for money. Then we would no if he's any good

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    • October 9, 2014 at 07:58
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      @block 28: even darren brown couldn't pull that one of

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  • October 8, 2014 at 15:51
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    Romark mark 2. It worked before.

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  • October 8, 2014 at 16:18
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    along with the pink shirts , someone definately taking the p*** here

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  • October 8, 2014 at 16:34
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    Olly said he used him at the norwood club.was that before or after they couldn't win a game.it worked so well olly left the club to join millwall

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    • October 8, 2014 at 16:42
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      @Jim28: Perhaps its Ollie that needs the therapy Jim.

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  • October 8, 2014 at 17:04
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    Maybe he could do the supporters as well. Then we can visualise seeing a few goals.

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  • October 8, 2014 at 17:29
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    No wonder we aint getting a new score board , that Paul McKenna is expensive !!!!

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    • October 8, 2014 at 17:52
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      @Block 8: www.mirror.co.uk/sport/row-zed/lets-make-millwall-play-pink-4402761

      Check it out

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      • October 8, 2014 at 19:07
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        @Jim28: If the vote gets rigged and Pink gets in, I will buy one and wear it with pride, coz its got our effing lion on it and those Pr*cks that think they have been clever can go take a long run off a very short pier.....never embarrased to wear out shirt, irrespective of the colour.

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      • October 8, 2014 at 19:09
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        @Jim28: this almost make me want to change my vote to the pink short to stick a good old two fingered salute to the mugs.

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  • October 8, 2014 at 18:14
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    Is this the same guy he used to make the media and most of our supporters think that he is a 'top manager'?

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  • October 8, 2014 at 19:05
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    No question about it, these phsycology techniques work and can prolong a pro's career beyond what would normally be the case. Great idea and glad that they are comitting to it long term. well done Ollie.

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  • October 8, 2014 at 19:19
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    We aint won since august cause we haven't been good enough, the only thing that will change that is a settled side, good tactics and a goal scorer, IH is a fruitcake.

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    • October 8, 2014 at 19:35
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      @LETEMCOME: good luck to catley if he's goin into olly's mind..think he'll run out screaming..lol

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      • October 8, 2014 at 20:03
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        @Jim28: Do you think IH has a mind, I think all that's in his head is a small circus.

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  • October 8, 2014 at 19:31
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    Absolute fuxxing boxxocks how about hiring a couple of ex military guys to get lazy cxxx fit give them. A month then say sorry your in breach of your contracts as profession (sorry) footballers (sorry again)

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  • October 8, 2014 at 19:34
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    Sorry gonna upset a lot on here but holloway seriously getting on my tits sort it you mug or fxxx off

    Be fuxxing sacrificing animals next at half time

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    • October 8, 2014 at 19:41
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      @Millwall1979: the articles coming out have taken away any talk of the team and what needs to be done to sort the losers out

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  • October 8, 2014 at 19:49
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    Perhaps they were brought in to talk to the stewards and catering staff lol

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  • October 8, 2014 at 21:17
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    Hypnotherapist: "Justin Hoyte, you are a good footballer. You have pace, tactical awareness and great tackling ability"

    "No, I'm sorry Ollie this just isn't going to work, I can't work f****** miracles!"

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  • October 8, 2014 at 23:45
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    can he score goals?

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  • October 9, 2014 at 01:45
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    So many ignorant fans on this site. We needed this ages ago like I said ages ago! People need to educate themselves, everyone should read Dr Steve Peters: 'The Chimp Paradox' book> Then learn about neuro-lingusitic programming too.

    We finally got in Webster and Williams at the back, but why move Abdou, when he had a man of the match performance at right back? Are we moving the whole team around Dunne? Forde should be captain, Upson must start with Chaps in middle, and Woolford/Macdonald haven't been themselves for a month, so time to bring in Martinez (he is fit) Surely Ollie has realised every player he has bought in is good. (Williams, Upson,Gregory, Webster,Fuller) Get rid of the old Millwall Ollie (Dunne,Easter,Beevers,Hoyte) Also get Richard Bandler as our NLP consultant. 😉

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    • October 9, 2014 at 08:15
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      @Alexdangelo: not a case of people being ignorant.mainly because we have done this before to great effect.the fact is catley cant change a crap player into a good one..what he can do is breath a bit of confidence in a player who has talent.but for some reason is not showing it..people on this site have a sense of humour you obviously aint

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    • October 9, 2014 at 08:38
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      @Alexdangelo: harsh on Beevers as he had done well in my opinion. I am also a fan of Dunne but don't think he has been as good as Beevers this season.

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    • October 9, 2014 at 08:38
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      @Alexdangelo: Jim28 You beat me to it! Alexdangelo: I read the headline and knew what was coming probably because I'm a lot older than you?

      Our club is full of characters, It's all part of what makes it great to support Millwall. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. I for one cracked up on here reading the response by everyone. If we all had the same opinion what a boring place this would be.

      Even the fall outs on here are a laugh and in most parts it's all handbag stuff. People care and everyone is entitled to their opinion even if we don't agree.

      Right can't hang about off to the library to beat the rush... need to get my copy of Dr Steve Peters: 'The Chimp Paradox' book. Then learn about neuro-lingusitic programming and discuss it with me mates down the pub.

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  • October 10, 2014 at 18:08
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    " what about Kelly Maloney"

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