Now we have heard of teams putting their fans to sleep. We have also heard and seen boxers ‘putting out’ opponents but never a boxer knocking out a whole team, but that is what has happened at Premier League new boys Crystal Palace.
The team have called in a hypnotist to help get them in the right frame of mind for their opening game against Tottenham Hotspur. The said hypnotist is none other than Glenn Catley who held the WBC super middleweight title 13 years ago.
Apparently since qualifying as a hypnotist he has been visiting the club on a regular basis since the start of pre-season training following a chance meeting with the Eagles Manager Ian Holloway.
The two who both hail from the West Country and were old friends bumped into each other when Catley was walking his dog. Holloway believed the players had plenty of talent but were letting a ‘few demons creep in,’ so invited Catley into the camp. Since then he has been putting the players into a trance on a one-to-one basis and has discussed their behavioural patterns and hopefully eliminated any psychological problems.
If Palace get off to a flying start on their return to the Premier League Catley could well be in high demand, all he has to hope is that the players don’t throw in the towel or put their fans to sleep.