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Volume 6 No. 266
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EPL Side Everton Manager Sam Allardyce Plans To Hire A Team Psychologist

EPL side Everton Manager Sam Allardyce is "planning to appoint Everton’s first club psychologist," according to Chris Bascombe of the London TELEGRAPH. A week ago, a "relegation fight looked inevitable, defeat to Southampton provoking emergency measures." The mood "has shifted in four days" since hiring Allardyce. There "are hints of Allardyce demonstrating he has learned from previous experiences working for suspicious supporters." His next appointment is "evidence of what those who have worked for him often state -- he is more in tune with modern methods than some believe." Allardyce said, “I haven’t got the psychologist yet but I will be (getting one). I am doing it all myself at the minute. I think that will be very important. If the brain is clear and positive before the lads go out, then they produce a positive performance. If the brain is clouded and doubtful, you don’t see the player produce the abilities he has got. That has obviously been seen on a couple of occasions here with the lack of confidence from the lack of results” (TELEGRAPH, 12/5).